A flipped power dynamic: Philanthropists must apply to a council of aunties to fund to these Indigenous groups

Why It Matters

Funders and grantmakers often wield considerable power over their fundees, determining what gets funded, when and how. The Right Relations Collaborative flips this power dynamic by putting Indigenous aunties in the driver’s seat. The model is firmly rooted in a local territory, but offers a new approach to grantmaking that could inspire a shift in funding relationships across the country.

In-depth Q&A: Cindy Blackstock on reparations, reconciliation, and why Canada’s philanthropic community shies away from her cause

Why It Matters

The social purpose sector in Canada often says it prioritizes reconciliation and justice for Indigenous communities. Cindy Blackstock says that commitment requires political advocacy for the rights of First Nations families.

Full video: Cindy Blackstock on reparations, reconciliation, and why Canada’s philanthropic community shies away from her cause

Why It Matters

The social purpose sector in Canada often says it prioritizes reconciliation and justice for Indigenous communities. Cindy Blackstock says that commitment requires political advocacy for the rights of First Nations families.

B.C.’s First Nations Technology Council starts digital equity strategy to end Indigenous technological disparities

Why It Matters

To some Indigenous communities, self-determination and the full exercise of treaty rights requires them to have sufficient access to digital tools, high-speed broadband, and technology education.

Charitable status is colonial: This organization is encouraging Canadians to give to Indigenous-led organizations without expecting a tax receipt

Why It Matters

Canada’s very first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation was held on Sept. 30 this year. The statutory holiday is not only a reminder of Canada’s past and ongoing atrocities against First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, but also one to act against the same. This raises the question: “How can settlers participate in meaningful philanthropy that advances reconciliation?”