About Us

Who We Are

The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada is an open network to promote giving, sharing, and philanthropy in Aboriginal communities across the country.

What We Do

The goal of the Circle is to connect with and support the empowerment of First Nations, Inuit and Métis nations, communities, and individuals in building a stronger, healthier future.

To bring this goal to life, we will gather from four directions to:

  1. Strengthen the level, innovation, and community reach of financial and human investments in Aboriginal communities across the country.
  2. Nurture conversations, connections, and relationships among Aboriginal communities and philanthropic organizations.
  3. Recognize deeply rooted injustices and model respect for First Nation, Inuit, and Métis cultures, practices, and institutions.
  4. Broaden and deepen public knowledge, including the history of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples.
  5. Support the flourishing of Aboriginal models of philanthropy.
  6. Promote and strengthen First Nations, Inuit, and Métis participation in the governance and decision-making of philanthropic organizations.

How We Do It

To realize our goals, we will honour our shared intentions while respecting differing values. Specifically, we will continuously and consciously strive to:

  • Strengthen Aboriginal voices, leadership, participation, and right to self-determination
  • Honour the obligations of historical treaties –  “we are all treaty people”
    Build trust
  • Uphold the principles of equality, reciprocity, and mutuality
  • Realize common goals by learning, listening, sharing knowledge, and building consensus
  • Embrace the language of opportunity and possibility while recognizing the challenges faced by Aboriginal peoples in Canada
  • Be open, inclusive, and flexible
  • Be adaptive and responsive
  • Bring participants directly into contact with the land and First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities

Charitable Number: 834253080RR0001

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