The Circle hosts occasional gatherings intended for dialogue and sharing around philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. We create a space where foundations, not-for-profit organizations, and others can connect to one another face-to-face and gain access to new research, stories, and our expanding network across the country. By better linking efforts, we hope to have a greater impact and understanding of peoples, communities, issues, and perspectives: Inuit, Métis, and First Nations, north and south, urban and rural.

Vancouver Gathering – 11 May 2011

The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada (The Circle) celebrated with about eighty guests representing community foundations, private foundations, United Ways, individual philanthropists and others in Vancouver on May 11 our formal launch.  The event included a roundtable discussion on Aboriginal land-based and culturally-focused education innovations at the Native Education College, followed by a “meet and greet” welcome event at the Grunt Gallery.  We were particularly honoured to have the gallery showcase an exhibit by Haida artist Michael Yahgulaanas, who specializes in Manga-style modern interpretations of Haida motifs, and to have Chief Ian Campbell of the Squamish Nation provide words of welcome and Mr. Robin Cardozo provide a testimonial as CEO of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an early and vital supporter of the Circle. Click here for an insightful video of a summary of the roundtable discussion. And thank you to John Huddart for his creative expertise in putting the video together.

All my Relations Gathering – 30 October 2009, Calgary

At our second gathering at Blackfoot Crossing on the traditional lands of the Siksika Nation, we brought together engaged donors, First Nations’ community leaders, and international speakers to discuss the challenges facing Aboriginal communities and to build the future of The Circle. The gathering themes – land and youth and philanthropy – examined stories of land-based struggles, the Aboriginal youth experience, and the role of philanthropy in Canada. Participants shared their thoughts on The Circle’s next steps and how thematic philanthropy can be used to enhance the lives of Aboriginal communities in Canada. For a copy of the full report, please click here.

All My Relations Gathering – June 10-11 2008, Winnipeg

This gathering marked the first time philanthropic foundations assembled together with the aim to better understand Aboriginal peoples, communities, and issues in Canada. This event was the start of a journey toward greater understanding, improving effectiveness in Aboriginal-focused philanthropy, and as a starting point to network and collaborate around Aboriginal Peoples’ ideas and initiatives over the long term. Please click here for a copy of the full report.




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