• St. Kateri Student Bursary Continues to Empower Indigenous Education

    In Thunder Bay, Ontario, the St. Kateri Student Bursary program has been supporting Indigenous students pursuing higher education. Funded by the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund (IRF), the bursary looks to empower Northern Indigenous youth by alleviating financial barriers to education and promoting cultural pride. The response from students, teachers, and guidance counselors has been overwhelmingly positive, underscoring the importance of accessible education in Indigenous communities.

  • The St. Kateri Tekakwitha Student Bursary (2024)

    In the School District of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Indigenous students often face financial barriers that hinder their educational pursuits, from purchasing books to covering living expenses. Recognizing this challenge, the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Student Bursary was established in 2023 with financial support from the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund (IRF).

  • Bringing us Together – Bridging Cultures at St. Albert Parish

    Located on the Sturgeon River northwest of Edmonton, Alberta, St. Albert Parish carries a rich history that is closely connected with Indigenous Peoples in the area. Yet, many parishioners remain unaware of these ties and the broader narrative of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Recognizing the importance of education and cultural understanding, the parish has embarked on a journey to bridge this knowledge gap and foster meaningful connections.

  • A retreat for Indigenous Elders at Our Lady of Seven Sorrows Parish

    As the number of Elders declines within Indigenous communities, their wisdom and guidance are increasingly sought after for many community needs. This includes passing down Traditional Knowledge, teachings, languages, crafts, and spiritual guidance to younger generations.

  • Cursillo Weekends at Our Lady of Seven Sorrows Parish

    Cursillo is an exploration of Christianity, valuable for those seeking to deepen their understanding of the faith. It empowers Christians to expand spiritually through prayer, study, and action, fostering the ability to share God's love with others.

  • Preserving Traditions: A new Community Teepee

    The Catholic Parish of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows in Maskwacis, Alberta, has deep and historic roots in its community.

    Thanks to funding provided by the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund (IRF), the parish will be able to replace its teepee, covering all necessary materials and honorariums for those involved in the construction.

  • Facilitating Conversations on Traditional Indigenous Spirituality and Roman Catholicism

    In response to the ongoing dialogue surrounding Traditional Indigenous Spirituality and Roman Catholicism, Our Lady of Seven Sorrows Parish in Maskwacis, Alberta, is taking an important step in fostering meaningful conversations.

  • St. Albert Catholic Schools’ Commitment to Indigenous Education

    In the spirit of reconciliation and acknowledging the historical role of the Church in the residential school system, Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools in St. Albert, Alberta, are committed to fostering healing and growth within their school communities. A key priority in the organization’s three-year plan is to incorporate the teaching and learning of knowledge of First Nations, Inuit and Métis in educational plans.

  • Empowering Indigenous Youth Through Sports

    Sport has the power to build a sense of belonging, enhance mental health, foster friendships, and boost school attendance and resilience. Recognizing this, Ever Active Schools (EAS), in collaboration with Jasper Place High School's Indigenous Leading Spirits Club in Edmonton, Alberta, is embarking on a journey to create an Indigenous Sports Program.

  • Embracing Indigenous Knowledge in Environmental Advocacy

    The Sierra Club BC (SCBC) is undergoing a significant transformation to enhance its support for Indigenous communities grappling with environmental challenges, climate change impacts, and the need for cultural revitalization and healing. With a 50+ year history dedicated to biodiversity and climate change issues, SCBC recognizes the critical need to align its efforts with Indigenous Knowledge, Rights, and priorities.