Trust-based philanthropy won’t work if it’s “built on a rotten foundation”

A conversation with Kris Archie, CEO of the Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada

Why It Matters

The number of cases of COVID-19 in Indigenous communities is rising, and the impacts — exacerbating already crisis-level rates of mental illness among Indigenous youth, for instance — have been devastating since the beginning. If the philanthropic sector wants to help, it needs to use this moment to completely transform how it operates.

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