Community Fund for Reconciliation Grants


The Community Fund for Reconciliation

In 2017, the Saskatoon Community Foundation announced the creation of the Community Fund for Reconciliation, a permanently endowed fund that would forever support the work of reconciliation for all the people of Saskatoon. The Saskatoon Community Foundation will seek gifts for current needs and for the permanent endowment from donors from all quarters of the community who wish to support the work of reconciliation ( visit the fund to contribute to this endowment ). Until the endowment can be built to a level to permit ongoing granting, grants will be supported by funds from SCF’s unrestricted endowment.

Collaborative Process

The process of creating criteria for this granting program was built on collaboration and partnership. Members of SCF’s 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 true 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 mirrors the principles of reconciliation set out by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

From the TRC Report’s Principles of Reconciliation:

“Together, Canadians must do more than just talk about reconciliation; we must learn how to practise reconciliation in our everyday lives—within ourselves and our families, and in our communities, governments, places of worship, schools, and workplaces. To do so constructively, Canadians must remain committed to the ongoing work of establishing and maintaining respectful relationships.

For many Survivors and their families, this commitment is foremost about healing themselves, their communities, and their nations in ways that revitalize individuals as well as Indigenous cultures, languages, spirituality, laws, and governance systems. For governments, building a respectful relationship involves dismantling a centuries-old political and bureaucratic culture in which, all too often, policies and programs are still based on failed notions of assimilation. For churches, demonstrating long-term commitment requires atoning for actions within the residential schools, respecting Indigenous spirituality, and supporting Indigenous peoples’ struggles for justice and equity. Schools must teach history in ways that foster mutual respect, empathy, and engagement. All Canadian children and youth deserve to know Canada’s honest history, including what happened in the residential schools, and to appreciate the rich history and knowledge of Indigenous nations, which continue to make such a strong contribution to Canada, including our very name and collective identity as a country. For Canadians from all walks of life, reconciliation offers a new way of living together.”

 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.

In 2018 the Saskatoon Community Foundation Community Fund for Reconciliation granted $100,000.00 to eight(8) projects:

Recipient & Partners

Project & Description


·         City of Saskatoon

·         Reconciliation Saskatoon*

ConnectR: A campaign led by Reconciliation Saskatoon that invites people to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. An engaging online tool allows users to begin their journey in an interactive and personal way.$19,465.00
·         City of Saskatoon

·         Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network

·         University of Saskatchewan

·         Saskatchewan Health Authority

·         Office of the Treaty Commissioner

Engaging Employers: The Business Case for Reconciliation: Drawing upon the expertise of Indigenous professionals working in Saskatoon, the project will raise awareness through learning sessions and provide a “How To” booklet to employers.$8,000.00
·         Saskatchewan Intercultural Association

·         ITEP

Indigenous People and Racialized Newcomers Coming Together To Work For Reconciliation: A forum to motivate racialized immigrants and refugees to gain understanding of reconciliation including treaty obligations and the challenges facing Indigenous people.$7,700.00
·         Cental Urban Metis Federation Incorporated

·         Saskatchewan Intercultural Association

Reconciliation, Sharing Cultural Knowledge through Music & Dance: Bringing Metis Fiddlers and Jiggers together with Newcomers to share knowledge and culture through music, dance and storytelling.$20,000.00
·         Saskatoon Community Youth Arts Programming Inc.

·         Indigenous Poets Society

Truth and Spoken Word, Creating Space for Reconciliation: A series of 40 workshops and 10 Poetry Slams offering age-specific and age appropriate cultural knowledge transfer through Spoken Word and Storytelling activities, focusing on reconciliation, the history of residential schools and new ways of living together.$11,835.00
·         Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research

·         Friends of Batoche

Reconciliation Through Land, Plants, and Language on Metis Landscapes: Creating relevant and enjoyable language resources for the protection and preservation of Michif language through the Michif Plant Guidebook, and celebrating music and culture.$8,000.00
·         Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation Corp.

·         Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies

Reconciliation Through the Indigenous Arts – The Indigenous Ensemble of Saskatoon Public Schools: an arts-based extracurricular program serving over 340 Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, providing experiential education regarding FNIM culture and history.$5,000.00
·         City of Saskatoon

·         Reconciliation Saskatoon*

Rock Your Roots Walk for Reconciliation: The 3rd Annual event will bring thousands from Saskatoon’s diverse communities together to raise awareness around the Calls to Action and Reconciliation led by residential school survivors.


* Reconciliation Saskatoon is a community of more than 60 organizations, non-profits, businesses and partners from Indigenous and non-Indigenous backgrounds who have come together to initiate a citywide conversation about reconciliation and provide opportunities for everyone to engage in Calls to Action

The Board of Directors also made a four year commitment to Rock Your Roots, providing annual funding through 2021.


Application Deadline: APPLICATIONS ARE DUE APRIL 1ST, 2019 by 5:00pm. 

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