IRF Project Collections

Projects Supported by the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund

(New projects added every month)

Pillar One

Healing and Reconciliation for Communities and Families

The Indigenous Reconciliation Fund supports initiatives that address the historical trauma, intergenerational impacts and systemic injustices faced by Indigenous people.

Grants are provided for programs and projects that promote emotional, mental and physical healing for communities and families, ultimately contributing to a path of reconciliation and restoration of
well-being.

  • Healing through education and awareness at Nignen Women’s Shelter

    The Nignen Women's Shelter in Natoaganeg, New Brunswick, has recently been established to serve 15 Mi'kmaw and Wolastoqiyik communities. It is the first Indigenous women's shelter located on First Nation land in New Brunswick and is looking to provide a culturally safe space for women in need.

  • Empowering Indigenous Women and Children Through Cultural Healing

    Gignoo Transition House near Fredericton, New Brunswick, has been a sanctuary for Indigenous women and children since 1993. The organization helps families overcome the impact of intergenerational trauma stemming from Canada’s history of residential schools, Indian day schools, and the 60s scoop. At Gignoo, vulnerable and at-risk families find support and protection as they look to heal and break cycles of trauma in their communities.

Pillar Two

Culture and Language Revitalization

Preserving and revitalizing Indigenous cultures and languages allows Indigenous communities to reconnect with their rich cultural heritage and traditions.

Through grants provided for language revitalization programs, traditional arts and crafts or cultural education initiatives, Indigenous traditions and identities are celebrated and can be passed down to future generations.

  • Language Classes at Metepenagiag Mi’kmaq Nation

    Metepenagiag Mi’kmaq Nation, located at the head of tide of the Miramichi River in New Brunswick, is taking steps to address the steady decline in Mi’kmaq language speakers. The majority of youth in the community struggle with basic greetings and conversations in Mi’kmaq, prompting the Nation to begin offering language classes for youth and other learners.

  • Peskotomuhkati Nation to Showcase Cultural Artifacts at Camp Chiputneticook

    Like many First Nations, Peskotomuhkati Nation at Skutik in New Brunswick has long been looking for opportunities to preserve its history, language, and culture. A chance to do so emerged in 2018, when the Canadian federal government transferred ownership of Camp Chiputneticook to the Nation. The large property and lodge, closely tied to Passamaquoddy history, was also home to over 100 artefacts, including tools, beaded clothing, jewelry, woven baskets, and canoes, making it the first known collection of Passamaquoddy objects in Canada.

Pillar Three

Education and Community Building

Education and community building are key drivers of reconciliation efforts. Funds provided for educational programs, workshops and community-building activities can help bridge knowledge gaps, strengthen ties between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and promote a deeper understanding of Indigenous history, experiences and knowledge.

  • 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).

Pillar Four

Dialogues for Promoting Indigenous Spirituality and Culture

Grants are available to support programs, gatherings and events that facilitate the reconnection with and celebration of Indigenous spirituality and cultural practices.

These initiatives are an opportunity to foster awareness and appreciation of Indigenous worldviews, values and spiritual beliefs and contribute to a more inclusive society where Indigenous voices and traditions are honored and respected.

  • Dr. Peter Centre Expands Culture of Care Program

    The Dr. Peter Centre in Vancouver, BC, known for its holistic care approach for individuals facing HIV and other vulnerabilities, is in need of renewed funding to support critical initiatives within the urban Indigenous community in Vancouver.

  • Supporting Indigenous Ways of Being

    The Family Centre of Northern Alberta is dedicated to healing the profound impacts of colonization and generational trauma faced by Indigenous communities. Recognizing the legacy of Residential Schools, the 60's Scoop, and other colonial policies, the Centre believes in the power of reconciliation grounded in Indigenous worldviews and teachings.