Supporting the work of reconciliation for all people.
In 2017, the Saskatoon Community Foundation announced the creation of the Community Fund for Reconciliation, a fund that would forever support the work of reconciliation for all the people of Saskatoon. The foundation welcomes gifts for current needs and for a long term funding strategy from donors in the community who wish to support the work of reconciliation. Visit the Community Fund for Reconciliation fund page to make a donation. Until the fund can be built to the level needed to for long term granting, grants will be supported by funds from the foundation’s unrestricted endowment.
2021 Grant Recipients
Congratulations to all of the Indigenous-led partnering organizations receiving 2021 Community Fund for Reconciliation grants. They are:
- the nêhiyawak Language Experience at READ Saskatoon;
- the Wîcihitowin Indigenous Engagement Conference with United Way Saskatoon;
- the Vision for Reconciliation with the City of Saskatoon;
- the Indigenous Cultural Arts and Language Instructional Program with Saskatoon Public Schools;
- the Building the Bison Community Speaker Series with Wanuskewin Heritage Park; and
- Rock Your Roots 2021 with Reconciliation Saskatoon.
The process of creating criteria for this granting program was built on collaboration and partnership. Members of the Saskatoon Community Foundation Grants Committee began with a pipe ceremony led by an elder and a personal story from a survivor of residential schools, learning about Indigenous culture and our history in the spirit of reconciliation. Members of our staff, board and committees participated in the blanket exercise. The Grants Committee worked with cultural advisors representing First Nations and Métis communities to ensure many voices were included. The principles of this fund mirror the principles of reconciliation set out by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Criteria for Applicants
- As per CRA regulations, grants will be awarded to “qualified donees” as defined by the Income Tax Act of Canada, the majority of which are registered charities and municipalities (such as the City of Saskatoon). To facilitate work being done in various quarters of the community, partnerships among indigenous organizations, non-Indigenous organizations and qualified donees will be encouraged, provided that the qualified donee partner provides accountability for the use of the granted funds.
- Projects funded from the Community Fund for Reconciliation should offer “new ways of living together.”
- Funded projects should support education for all sectors of the community about reconciliation, the TRC Calls to Action, the treaties and treaty relationships that affect all Canadians, the history of residential schools and other aspects of the true history of relationships among the diverse peoples in Canada.
- Funding will be provided to projects in which Indigenous organizations seek out partnerships with non-indigenous organizations, rather than partnerships which are led by non-Indigenous organizations.
- Funding will be provided to projects which are led by Indigenous people and/or organizations, and which support the current and future development of Indigenous leadership in the community.
- Funded projects should address, as directly as possible, at least one of the 94 Calls to Action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report, identifying the Call to Action and explaining how it will be addressed by the activities of the project.
Deadline for applications is April 1st at 5:00 p.m. each year.