The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada is joining with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples across Canada to address how private funding can be best leveraged to empower Aboriginal communities. The Circle’s existence arises from the recognition that philanthropic organizations’ impact can be far greater by joining forces, and by building strong relationships with Aboriginal leaders and communities. Over fifty organizations have contributed to the creation of The Circle, the first network of its kind in Canada.
The Circle’s launch took place Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at the Native Education College in Vancouver and included a roundtable with seven leaders in the field of Aboriginal Education. The Foundation is pleased to be a founding member of The Circle.
For more information about The Circle, check out the new research-based discussion paper, Aboriginal Philanthropy in Canada: A Foundation for Understanding, which provides an overview of data, stories, perceptions, grant-making models and new opportunities and ways of thinking related to Aboriginal-focused philanthropy.