Membership Guidelines

Membership eligibility is as follows:

  1. First Nation, Inuit, Métis Individuals and Communities
  2. Aboriginal led not-for-profit organization and registered charities
  3. Granting Organizations: private foundations, public foundations, community foundations, corporate foundations and grantmakers, public service grantmakers, aboriginal trusts, funder affinity groups, service clubs and United Ways.
  4. Registered charities and not-for-profits that are committed to supporting the goals of the Circle through their work.
  5. Individual Supporters: Those who support the vision of the Circle but are not allied with a particular organization. This category of membership opens the doors to individuals who wish to contribute to the Circle’s initiatives due to an invested interest in Aboriginal philanthropy but lack a secure outlet from which to become involved.

Membership Guidelines:

  • Annual membership runs from January 1st to December 31st of the calendar year.
  • Each member organization may identify one to four individuals to be the primary contacts for the Circle, including exercising the member’s vote.
  • Participation in the Circle’s events is open to all staff and Board members of a member organization for a free or at a reduced rate.
  • Members of the Circle are committed to dialogue and learning in a solicitation-free environment.
  • The Circle may choose to decline membership to any organization or individual that does not, in the opinion of the Circle’s Governing Circle, fully meet all of the membership criteria.
  • Subject to the provisions of paragraph 6.2 of By-Law No. 2012-1, Members consent to participating in any meeting of the Members by means of such conference telephone or other communications equipment.

Join here: New Member Application

Non-Member Participation

Recognizing that some organizations may not be eligible for membership (eg. government representatives, and/or for-profit business) but are still working actively to connect with and support the empowerment of Aboriginal peoples in Canada, anyone is welcome to join many of our ongoing activities, such as our Collaborative Circles for an individual fee of $100.00. This fee supports the communications and networking support.

Testimonials from Founding Members

 “We talk a lot about the need for collaboration and working together to solve society’s intractable challenges of the day – health, education, climate change and others. This is truly important but it goes much beyond this. We need to reconcile our histories, build bridges between cultures, and reimagine our futures. This, for me, is what the Circle aspires to do. As the great Wade Davis said in The Wayfinders, ‘There is, indeed, a fire burning over the earth, taking with it plants and animals, cultures, languages, ancient skills and visionary wisdom. Quelling this flame, and re-inventing the poetry of diversity is perhaps the most important challenge of our times.’ For me, membership in the Circle is a deeply personal and professional imperative to do just that. The Circle has allowed me to place my work within a broader context and build a new narrative about the priorities I need to be engaged in as a Canadian.” Ruth Richardson, Founder, Small Change Fund