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.

  • A healing pavilion for the Our Lady of Mercy Parish

    As part of their commitment to the Enoch Cree Nation and the Truth and Reconciliation of Canada, Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Edmonton, Alberta, is devoted to restoring a foundation of shared faith and tradition with Indigenous community members.

    The Parish is planning to build a healing pavilion, featuring aisles and a platform, and surrounded by traditional gardens.

  • Expanding the Circle of Courage at M.E. LaZerte High School

    M.E. LaZerte High School in Edmonton, Alberta is an educational hub for nearly 9,000 students from 15 elementary and junior high schools. The student population represents over 80 cultural backgrounds and 70 languages, with many students identifying as First Nation, Métis, or Inuit, emphasizing the rich diversity that shapes the school's community.

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.

  • Cree Language Revitalization at Our Lady of Seven Sorrows

    Cree people across Turtle Island are seeking a renewed sense of pride in their heritage, free from the shadows of historical trauma. The Catholic Parish of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows in Alberta is spearheading an initiative to revive the Cree language as part of the community's prayers and hymns, with the goal of instilling a renewed sense of pride in Cree Catholics that transcends the painful legacy of the residential school system.

  • Dagucayami Inishnobge and the Enduring Legacy of Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation

    The Lac Ste. Anne Steel Tipi Monument, named Dagucayami Inishnobge ("our past relatives"), is a project initiated by the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation. The purpose behind the monument is to ensure that the Nation’s rich heritage, spirituality, and enduring connection to the land are retained for future generations.

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. 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.

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.

  • Empowering Urban Indigenous Youth – “Rise Up: Braided Perspectives”

    Growing up in urban centers, Indigenous youth often experience a disconnection from their cultural roots and a lack of access to culturally safe resources and services. Since 2019, the Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association (ANFCA) has worked with youth from Friendship Centres across Alberta to address and support the unique needs of urban Indigenous youth.

  • Empowering Indigenous Women Through Positive Narratives

    Indigenous women in Western narratives often face negative stereotypes, perpetuating harmful misconceptions and contributing to real-world challenges – from being more likely to be victims of violence and experiencing racism and prejudice to being denied employment or adequate healthcare. Nokee Kwe, based in London, Ontario, has been addressing this issue through its Positive Voice Program since 2016.