Community Fund for Reconciliation

Grant Recipients

We cannot go back and rewrite this chapter of Canadian history, but to all the survivors who may learn about this work, I would say this: thank you for your courage, honesty, and resilience in both surviving and sharing your stories, we now have the opportunity to find new ways of living together, support the building of an inclusive and compassionate community, and ensure that the mistakes of the past do not determine Saskatoon’s future. – Carm Michalenko | Executive Director Saskatoon Community Foundation

In 2017, the Saskatoon Community Foundation announced the creation of the Community Fund for Reconciliation, a fund that would support the work of reconciliation for all the people of Saskatoon. This granting program was built on collaboration and partnership.

In order to qualify for this granting program one of the criteria requires that the program must be a collaborative relationship between an indigenous lead organization and a non-indigenous lead organization, further building the relationship of reconciliation in the community.

The grants from the Community Fund for Reconciliation are not a one-time occurrence. From 2018, through 2021, we have committed to grant no less than $100,000 per year from the fund.

2019 Community Fund for Reconciliation Grant Recipients

“Rock Your Roots Walk for Reconciliation” brings people together to celebrate diversity, discover cultural connections and express shared vision of a reconciled community. A project of Reconciliation Saskatoon, Rock your Roots represents a collective of over 90 organizations/individuals and companies.

Nearly 5000 participants from wide spectrum of the diverse community joined the walk this year. Rarely does the Community Foundation commit to multi year grants – the Board committed 4 years of support to Rock Your Roots.

“First Nations, Inuit and Métis Books in Braille and Large Print for the Visually Impaired Community” is a partnership between Saskatchewan Alternate Format Materials Library and the First Nation, Inuit and Métis Education Unit, Saskatoon Public Schools to provide First Nation, Inuit and Métis books in braille for the blind and large print for low vision readers.

“Bridging Economic Reconciliation – Acting on TRC#92”  is a partnership among Whitecap Dakota First Nation, the Saskatoon Tribal Council and Nutrien to present a first ever conference exlporing economic aspects of reconciliation, asking key questions such as: What does reconciliation mean and how can the economy be better with reconciliation? What organizations and businesses are doing their part, and what can be done for those that are new to the reconciliation process?

“Reconciliation Through the Indigenous Arts – The Indigenous Ensemble of Saskatoon Public Schools is a partnership between Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology and Saskatoon Public Schools. 

Using traditional music, song, dance, storytelling and arts to educate students and the public about Saskatchewan first nations and Métis history. The activities will help develop a sense of pride in being First Nations or Métis , while also developing the students’ artistic abilities.  

“nehiyawak Language Experience” is a partnership between nehiyawak Cree Language Experience and READ Saskatoon focuses on Cree language revitalization, worldview, and cultural practises. This pilot project delivers language and cultural programming to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal individuals, adults, and families.

“ConnectR” is a partnership between the City of Saskatoon, the Office of the Treaty Commissioner, the Saskatoon Tribal Council and Reconciliation Saskatoon. Reconciliation Saskatoon is a community of 100 organizations, non profits, businesses and partners from Indigenous and non-indigenous backgrounds who have come together towards one mission: to initiate a citywide conversation about reconciliation and provide opportunities for everyone to engage in Calls to Action.

ConnectR is a digital tool with a Youth Champion initiative led by Reconciliation Saskatoon. This unique online resource invites people to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation’s Calls to Action in an engaging, interactive and personal way.

“Building Capacity for Reconciliation,”  a partnership between the City of Saskatoon and Reconciliation Saskatoon (a community of 100 organizations and individuals) will create a strategic/sustainability plan to allow the 100 partners to move forward within an atmosphere of mutual respect.

“Reconciliation through Culture in YXE” is a partnership between Métis Addictions Council of Saskatchewan Inc. (MACSI) and YXE Connects that brought a diverse combination of Indigenous and non-Indigenous accessible, cultural entertainment to two events in the core area  of Saskatoon (Riversdale) in May and June 2019.

“Together Here Today:Creating Respectful Relationships between Indigenous People and Recent Newcomers,” a partnership between Canadian Roots Exchange and Saskatoon Open Door Society, brings together newcomers to Canada and Indigenous participants to create 12 educational discussion guides to assist newcomers still improving their English language skills to understand treaty relationships and support reconciliation.

“Reconciliation, Sharing Cultural Knowledge through Music & Dance ” is a partnership between Central Urban Métis Federation Incorporated and Saskatoon Open Door Society, which presents opportunities for newcomers to experience Métis knowledge, culture, music, dance and storytelling, including the annual Métis Days events.

“Wicihitowin Indigenous Engagement Conference,” presented by United way of Saskatoon,  Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan, City of Saskatoon,  Saskatchewan Health Authority, and Johnson Shoyama School of Public Policy, provides opportunities for attendees to learn how and why they should be incorporating the Calls to Action in their personal and professional lives and where possible, make policy changes. This unique gathering has grown every year since it began, showing Saskatoon’s engagement in learning more about the Calls to Action.

2018 Community Fund for Reconciliation Grant Recipients

“Rock Your Roots Walk for Reconciliation” brings people together to celebrate diversity, discover cultural connections and express shared vision of a reconciled community. A project of Reconciliation Saskatoon, Rock your Roots represents a collective of over 90 organizations/individuals and companies.

Nearly 5000 participants from wide spectrum of the diverse community joined the walk this year. Rarely does the Community Foundation commit to multi year grants – the Board committed 4 years of support to Rock Your Roots.

“Truth and Spoken Word, Creating Space for Reconciliation” is a partnership between the Indigenous Poets Society and Saskatoon Community Youth Arts Programming.

Art can help define one’s sense of identity. This partnership will use the media of Spoken Word, Storytelling and Slam Poetry to help youth engage in a better understanding of Canada’s true history, using poetry to express identity and to create empathy among Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians.

“Reconciliation through land, plants, and language on Métis landscapes” is a partnership between Gabriel Dumont institute and Friends oBatoche. 

With the help of a Michif speaking elder, an inventory of local plants will be catalogued for a Michif Plant Guidebook,” helping to preserve language of the Métis and knowledge of indigenous plants and their uses.  A Metis cultural event called “Bannock and Jam.”  will also be held.

“Reconciliation Through the Indigenous Arts – The Indigenous Ensemble of Saskatoon Public Schools is a partnership between Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology and Saskatoon Public Schools. 

Using traditional music, song, dance, storytelling and arts to educate students and the public about Saskatchewan first nations and Metis history. The activities will help develop a sense of pride in being First nations or metis, while also developing the students’ artistic abilities.  

“Indigenous People and Racialized Newcomers Coming Together to Work for Reconciliation is a partnership between the Saskatchewan Intercultural Association and the University of Saskatchewan’s Indian teacher Education Program, or ITEP. 

Helping newcomers gain a better understanding of reconciliation, Indigenous cultures and the treaty obligations that are part of being a Canadian citizen.  

“Reconciliation, Sharing Cultural Knowledge through Music and Dance a partnership between Central Urban Métis Federation Inc and the Saskatchewan intercultural Association.

This event brought newcomers and Indigenous people together, along with the entire community, to celebrate Métis Days, September 28 to 30, 2018. 

ConnectR a project of Reconciliation Saskatoon collective, led by the Office of the Treaty Commissioner and the City of Saskatoon, along with the Saskatoon Tribal Council and Central Urban Metis Federation Inc.  

Youth Champions are engaging in an ongoing citywide conversation about reconciliation, enabling bridging within our communities, honouring survivors and their families, and providing opportunities for all learn about and engage in Calls to Action

“Engaging Employers: The Business Case for Reconciliationa partnership of the City of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network, the University of Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Health Authority, and the Office of the Treaty Commissioner.

Recognizing that true reconciliation must also involve economic change, this project gives employers the needed tools to engage in reconciliation in their workplaces. It creates a network of employers which can become champions for reconciliation in the workplace.