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We would like to share information with you about the Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund (IPRF), a brand new Indigenous-led philanthropic initiative.
About nine weeks ago, shortly after the emergency measures were announced, a coalition of diverse Indigenous people with experience in philanthropy joined in a collaboration with philanthropic and corporate funders. How could they, together, explore and champion a role for philanthropy to respond to the challenges and gaps created and/or amplified by COVID-19 within Indigenous communities? The IPRF is built upon the resiliency of and guided by Indigenous Peoples to support communities through the current public health crisis.
The resilience support fund, at this time, will respond to urgent community needs to provide operating funds to ensure ongoing sustainability, training and financial support. The funds may also provide support for projects that are innovative or for programs that address gaps in services, such as sustainable access to food and strengthened food systems, infrastructure to overcome technological barriers, the creation of employment and experiential learning, and providing systems to support Elders and Healers.
With Community Foundations of Canada as our delivery partner, the Advisory Council will oversee all activities of the Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund for the duration of approximately two to three years. The Advisory Council will approve all governance, resilience fund projects, communications and fund-raising strategies and recommendations related to the work of fulfilling the purpose of the IPRF.
Currently our Advisory Council members are:
• Dr. Deborah Saucier
Métis Nation, President & Vice-Chancellor, Victoria Island University
• Tina Petawabano
Cree, President, Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation
• Elisa Levi
Anishinaabe, Founder, Debisinii
• Kevin Lamoureux
Anishinabeg, Associate Vice-President and Instructor, University of Winnipeg
• Catherine Pennington
Métis Nation, Director of Community Partnerships and Sustainability, Enbridge
• Nicole McDonald
Métis Nation, Program Director, Indigenous Initiatives at McConnell Foundation
• Nancy Etok
Inuit of Canada
Vice-Principal Ulluriaq School, Kangiqsualujjuaq, Nunavik
• Chris Googoo
We’koqma’q First Nation, Executive Director, The Ulnooweg Indigenous Communities Foundation
We are going public and will be putting out a call out for applications for support.
We have attached to this email our embargoed Media announcement. On Tuesday, please feel free to pass it on to your membership.
You will find more information on our process at www.iprfund.ca.
For more information, we invite you to please contact us below.
In the spirit of Kindness,
Victoria McKenzie Grant and Wanda Brascoupé
Teme-Augama Anishnabai Kanien'keha, Skarù rę', Anishinabeg