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?”

Settlers, here are the questions leaders in reconciliation and decolonization want you to spend National Day for Truth and Reconciliation asking yourself

Why It Matters

A majority of social purpose organizations are settler-led but work with and serve Indigenous people and communities every day. It’s imperative that these organizations meaningfully engage in decolonizing and embedding reconciliation principles into their work, to work with Indigenous communities in more informed and respectful ways.

There are 30 locally-run ActionAids all over the world. Secretary-general Julia Sanchez opens up about what they’ve learned about shifting power.

Why It Matters

Allowing INGO country offices to operate independently is one way of shifting power within humanitarian agencies, but there are a host of other power dynamics to consider.

This new initiative is building reconciliation into Canada’s investment community

Why It Matters

Getting Indigenous communities involved in investing is crucial to their economic self-empowerment, but including traditional values and ethics in modern investment practices can be tricky.