Ontario Indigenous Youth Partnership Project: A Unique Platform for Youth

This article is the sixth in a series on Indigenous Communities and Philanthropy. SUMMARY: The Ontario Indigenous Youth Partnership Project (OIYPP) supports Indigenous youth living in Ontario to engage in their communities through projects that promote environmental, social, spiritual, and physical well-being. In addition to access to small grants of up to $5,000, youth have…

Philanthropy and Aboriginal Communities – Encouraging Developments in Atlantic Canada

This article is the fifth in a series on Indigenous Communities and Philanthropy. SUMMARY: Charity lawyer Richard Bridge shares the example of Ulnooweg, a dynamic and innovative First Nations non-profit that has provided financial services to Atlantic Canadian First Nations for decades. Its development of the charity Ulnooweg Financial Education Centre and success in attracting foundation…

Philanthropy in the Arctic: Good Intentions or Good Works?

This article is the fourth in a series on Indigenous Communities and Philanthropy. There may be no better phrase to describe the past century of southern intervention in the Canadian Arctic than the maxim “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” As philanthropic, charitable, and non-governmental organizations seek to address development challenges in the…

Interview with Chief Dr. Robert Joseph and Karen Joseph

This article is the third in a series on Indigenous Communities and Philanthropy. This short video documentary, produced by The Philanthropist in collaboration with The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, marks The Philanthropist’s very first recorded article. The video presents a conversation-style interview with Reconciliation Canada’s Ambassador Chief Dr. Robert Joseph and…

The Philanthropic Community’s Declaration of Action

This article is the second in a series on Indigneous Communities and Philanthropy. SUMMARY: On June 1, 2015, a group of Canadian philanthropic organizations and individual funders presented a collective Declaration of Action to the closing session of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Ottawa. Signatories pledge, among other things, to work towards reconciliation and…

100 Words for Philanthropy: Traditions of Caring & Sharing in Canada

This is the first in a series of articles on Indigenous Communities and Philanthropy.   In his 5th Century, BCE, play “Prometheus Bound,” the Greek playwright Aeschylus tells the tale of Prometheus, son of Zeus, taking pity when he encounters a group of sickly creatures. Prometheus provides them with two special gifts: fire and blind…