Indigenous non-profits left “hurt” after being “blindsided” by Manitoba funding announcement

Social impact bond with aim of providing culturally appropriate care to Indigenous youth awarded to non-Indigenous organization with ties to Catholic Church

Why It Matters

Indigenous-led non-profits in Manitoba work tirelessly to address the inequities and direct barriers faced by Indigenous people, who make up 18 per cent of the province’s population. Access to predictable core funding would make that work easier to accomplish.

Marymound Inc. in Winnipeg, Manitoba on October 7, 2022. Photo: Shannon VanRaes

Indigenous organizations in Winnipeg are calling for answers after being “blindsided” by the province’s decision to grant a non-Indigenous organization funding to develop Indigenous justice programming.

“Hurt, I think that’s what people are feeling right now,” said Kendell Joiner, executive director of Native Clan, a non-profit agency that assists Indigenous people in exiting the justice system. “Especially, when there are Indigenous organizations in the field that are equipped to take something like this on.”

The recently announced Zaagiwe Oshinawe Inaakonigewin program will be funded through a social impact bond operated by Marymound Inc., with the support of nine investors, including the Reseau Compassion Network, Northpine Foundation,

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