As part of our promise to deliver on reconciliation by creating a more equitable, inclusive environment, the Ontario Trillium Foundation has committed to building connections and working with First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities across Ontario ensuring a greater understanding of and appreciation for Indigenous voices. As one of the first organizations to sign The Philanthropic Community’s Declaration of Action in June, 2015, we believe reconciliation begins with listening and learning. The Declaration of Action is a living document and a collective commitment to ensure that positive action on reconciliation will continue beyond the work of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
“It falls on all people living in Canada to continue the hard work of healing and reconciliation, each in our own way and where possible, together, in our families and communities, in the organizations we work with and belong to, and as a nation. This is an important calling to which all of us are duty bound to respond.” (The Philanthropic Community’s Declaration of Action)
Change can only begin when First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities are empowered to make decisions on key issues such as language, education, land, people and health. By being a signatory to the Declaration of Action and a member of The Circle of Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, we acknowledge the significance of these issues and believe in the importance of collaborative conversations and relationships required for reconciliation to take place.
Through consultations and open dialogues with Elders, leaders, and Indigenous communities and organizations, we have already begun our long journey of reconciliation by learning, understanding, acknowledging, participating and acting. As an agency of the Government of Ontario and a leader for positive change, we look forward to many more opportunities to work with Indigenous communities across Ontario to build a stronger, healthier future.
We have a long history of funding projects run by and provided for First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities. We recognize that we have more to learn so we can take actions that will ultimately make the Foundation more inclusive and representative of the people of Ontario.
We are a proud funder of many Indigenous communities and organizations, and wish to recognize the following grants which have made a significant impact on the people and community it affects.
Eabametoong First Nation
Eabametoong First Nation received a $649,600 grant in 2017 to create a farm that combats food insecurity and cultivates prosperity. Enhancing people’s economic wellbeing, this initiative is helping people who are economically vulnerable be able to meet their basic needs.
Bimose Tribal Council Inc.
In 2016, we awarded the Bimose Tribal Council Inc. a $75,000 Seed grant to develop and pilot an Anishinaabe language immersion instructional model for on-reserve schools. Enriching people’s lives through arts, culture and heritage, this initiative is helping the preservation and animation of cultural heritage.
The Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre
The Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre was awarded a $550,600 grant in 2015 to implement and evaluate a Parenting Program for Ottawa’s Inuit families. Supporting the positive development of children and youth, this initiative is helping parents, caregivers and adult allies have the skills to support children and youth who are facing barriers.
Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation
OTF was delighted to award the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation a $48,400 grant in 2014 to enhance cultural preservation for the Council House of this small First Nation located near Hagersville. This investment will be used to increase the recognition of the heritage significance of the building, to fully assess its condition and to engage community members in identifying a preferred re-use of the structure.
Since 2012, we have invested over $33 m in 244 initiatives benefiting First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples
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