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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