Indigenous Philanthropy Towards Self Determination
FOR Indigenous People, BY Indigenous People, WITH Indigenous People
The Indigenous Philanthropy Project provides research resources to explore optimal solutions to resolve rural Indigenous community challenges through an Indigenous-led Community Foundation Model. By conducting secondary data analysis and participatory action research, we will collaborate with rural Indigenous communities in Manitoba to advance Indigenous development and community capacity building from colonially imposed to self-determined, community-led development initiatives.
The Winnipeg Foundation
Dakota Plains Wahpeton Oyate
ABORIGINAL PHILANTHROPY IN CANADA:
A Foundation for Understanding
The woman is the foundation on which Nations are built. She is the heart of her Nation. If that heart is weak the people are weak. If her heart is strong and her mind is clear then the Nation is strong and knows its purpose. The woman is the centre of everything.” — Art Solomon (Ojibwe), “Kesheyanakwan” (Fast Moving Cloud), Anishinaabe Elder.
“If the Great Spirit had desired me to be a white man, he would have made me so in the first place. He put in your heart certain wishes and plans, and in my heart, he put other and different desires. It is not necessary for eagles to be crows.”
— Sitting Bull
For Indigenous people, the goal for our land is about protection, but it is also about use. We see ourselves as so integrated with our territory that our protection is tied to our use and our use is tied to our protection. We use the resources on our territory to live. — Rebecca Adamson (2019)
The Indigenous Philanthropy project’s hope is to inspire all Canadians to support Self-Determination through Indigenous-led Community Foundations.
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Natural Resource Institute
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
“There comes a time when we must stop crying and wringing our hands and get on with the healing that we are so much in need of” –Art Solomon, Anishinaabe Elder