Toronto | Tkaronto – June 17, 2021
On the first anniversary of the Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund, we acknowledge not only the truth of the legacy of residential schools but also the ongoing efforts at reconciliation.
At the closing event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2015, Inspirit Foundation, Laidlaw Foundation and The Sprott Foundation were among the original signatories to The Philanthropic Community’s Declaration of Action. At that time, signatories committed to a journey to learn and remember, to understand and acknowledge, and to participate, act and model in our ongoing process of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada.
While we continue to learn, today we are acting:
- Inspirit Foundation is further investing $1.9 million, $1 million via a capital transfer and an annual $0.3 million grant per year for three years.
- Laidlaw Foundation is further investing $2.5 million, with an annual contribution of $0.5 million per year for five years.
- The Sprott Foundation is further investing $4 million, $1 million per year for three years towards granting and an additional $1 million will be invested at IPRF’s discretion.
With funding directed towards an endowment, the Inspirit, Laidlaw, and The Sprott Foundations are demonstrating their commitment to walking beside and with the Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund in collective support of Indigenous communities. Transferring capital helps rewrite relationships as a concrete action of reconciliation.
The Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund, Inspirit, Laidlaw, and The Sprott Foundations believe the creation of an endowed foundation is an important step in the process of investing in the brilliance, ingenuity, and future of communities across Turtle Island.
WANDA BRASCOUPÉ, KANIEN’KEHA, SKARÙ RĘ’, ANISHINABE, INDIGENOUS PEOPLES RESILIENCE FUND AND VICTORIA MCKENZIE GRANT, TEME-AUGAMA ANISHNABAI, INDIGENOUS PEOPLES RESILIENCE FUND
MITCHELL ANDERSON, CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, INSPIRIT FOUNDATION
SADIA ZAMAN, CEO, INSPIRIT FOUNDATION
JEHAD ALIWEIWI, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, LAIDLAW FOUNDATION
JULIANA SPROTT, CHIEF GIVING OFFICER, SPROTT FOUNDATION