New report shows funding gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous charities remains astronomical in size

Indigenous people represent 4.9 per cent of the population, but Indigenous charities receive less than one per cent of all gifted funds in Canada

Why It Matters

A second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation has gone by, and Indigenous charities still receive $1 for every $138 received by non-Indigenous charities, while also facing systemic underfunding by governments.

Indigenous people and allies rally in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on July 1, 2021. Photo: Shannon VanRaes

More than a decade after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established to document the history and continuing impacts of the Canadian Indian residential school system — and years after it released 94 calls to action — a new report shows Indigenous charities and qualified donees only received $1 for every $138 received by non-Indigenous organizations in 2019, the most recent year of data available to researchers.

“That’s the piece that continues to surprise me; 2019 would be four years after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) made those calls to action,” said Sharon Redsky, a fundraising consultant based in Treaty 1 Territory, just outside of Winnipeg. “I had assumed there would be a lot more goodwill coming from the philanthropi

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