The Bawaajigewin Aboriginal Community Circle (BACC) is an Aboriginal-led incorporated non-profit agency in the Durham Region. Bawaajigewin is an Ojibway word that means the action of taking something that is a dream and making it into something you can see in real life. BACC strives to respond to and advocate for the dreams and visions of the Durham Region Aboriginal community.
BACC was developed through numerous community partnerships and consultations in the Durham Region, particularly through the assistance of the Carea Community Health Centre and the Durham Region Aboriginal Advisory Circle. Through this partnership, the Carea Community Health Centre was able to hire an Aboriginal coordinator in 2014 who took the lead on hosting community gatherings to reach out to Aboriginal people in Durham Region. The gatherings met with great success engaging community members and volunteers, and by August of 2015, the Bawaajigewin Board was fully incorporated. The Board of Directors has responsibility for the stewardship of organization by establishing appropriate governance and risk management strategies to ensure the effective delivery of strategic objectives and outcomes, protection of assets, promotion of the Board’s Mission, sustainable long-term growth, and viability.
BACC then set out to conduct a large-scale community needs assessment through an Ontario Trillium Fund Grant to create a Strategic Plan that was responsive to the current needs of the community. Download Strategic Plan here