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Saskatoon Community Foundations Announces Grants from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th

June 9, 2017


On Thursday June 8, 2017, the Saskatoon Community Foundation, in partnership with PotashCorp, Community Foundations of Canada and the Government of Canada announced Saskatoon’s grant recipients from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th.


The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th activates an impressive array of initiatives and activities that will bring out the best Canada has to offer for the sesquicentennial. Here in Saskatoon, thanks to our donors with Unrestricted Funds and a partnership with PotashCorp, Community Foundations of Canada and the Government of Canada, we created a pool of $300,000.00 to fund Canada 150 projects in our community, with a special emphasis on Reconciliation. 22 projects were funded from all quarters of our community. A complete list of the grants is appended below.
The celebration of these historic grants was kicked off with remarks from Dr. Frederick Mulder, art dealer, philanthropist and founder of The Funding Network, who called community foundations powerful forces for change in their communities all over the world.


Shirley Isbister from the Central Urban Metis Federation Inc. (CUMFI) spoke about the personal nature of reconciliation and the challenge of supporting people for whom reconciliation is more about having a place to live and food for their families: “Reconciliation has to start with your home and family. Until you take care of yourself and your family, you won’t be able to give to your community.”


Honouring the spirit of reconciliation created by these projects, the Saskatoon Community Foundation completed the evening’s proceedings by announcing the creation of the new Community Fund for Reconciliation. The fund will be seeded with a portion of the proceeds from the 2017 PotashCorp Saskatoon Community Foundation Cultural Gala, which also has a reconciliation theme. Said Gala Co-Chair and SCF Board Member Tracy Muggli, “We have brought together an amazing committee including elders to create a unique event themed around reconciliation and the vibrant and diverse cultures of our indigenous peoples. From the delicious menu to the dazzling entertainment, we will highlight the contributions of indigenous people to the great community we all share. But if this simply stopped after the Gala, we would be missing a once in a lifetime opportunity to create real change.” SCF hopes to grow this fund over time. Anyone in the community can donate to this permanent resource for improving relationships among indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians.


Saskatoon’s grants from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th:

ProjectOrganisation Name / Nom de l’organisationAmount Approved
Reconciliation 150Central Urban Metis Federation Inc.$15,000.00
The Pledge Project “Answering the Call”City of Saskatoon/Reconciliation Saskatoon$15,000.00
Orange Shirt DayCity of Saskatoon/Reconciliation Saskatoon$15,000.00
Canada 150 Tile MuralEcole Victoria School$1,255.00
Journée Louis Riel 2017 à Saskatoon / Louis Riel Day 2017 in SaskatoonFondation fransaskoise$5,000.00
Les Fetes des Charettes/The Charette CelebrationsGabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research$6,000.00
DominionGordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre$15,000.00
Canada 150 Venue at the Children’s FestivalNorthern Saskatchewan International Children’s Festival$3,000.00
Belonging in Canada: Diversity, Respect and SharingNutana Rotary Charitable Fund (Rotary Club of Saskatoon-Nutana)$3,000.00
Bridging Time: Exploring Saskatoon’s Hidden HeritageSaskatchewan Archaeological Society$15,000.00
Saskatoon Newcomers Celebrate Canada 150Saskatchewan Polytechnic$3,877.00
Canada 150 Murals on BroadwaySaskatoon Community Youth Arts Programming Inc./Broadway BID$15,000.00
150 Selfies – The Faces of Tomorrow’s CanadaSaskatoon Community Youth Arts Programming Inc.$15,000.00
Canada 150Saskatoon Council on Aging Inc.$3,400.00
Folkfest 2017 – Celebrating Canada 150Saskatoon Folkfest Incorporated$10,000.00
I am CanadaSaskatoon Friendship Inn$2,750.00
Wicihitowin – Youth and EldersUnited Way of Saskatoon and Area$15,000.00
Canada 150 Walk for ReconciliationSaskatoon Indian & Metis Friendship Centre$15,000.00
Theatre on the Meewasin TrailSum Theatre Corp.$15,000.00
Broadway Winter Street FairThe Friends of the Broadway Theatre Inc.$7,500.00
History Travels in 2017University of Saskatchewan/Diefenbaker Canada Centre$15,000.00
Reconciling- Gallery Publication SeriesWanuskewin Heritage Park Authority$6,500.00



For more information or to arrange interviews, media may contact:


Carm Michalenko, Executive Director

Saskatoon Community Foundation

P: 306-665-1766





Don Ewles, Grants and Communications Manager

Saskatoon Community Foundation

P: 306-665-1767