Sources of Support

Philanthropic Initiatives

Philanthropic Initiatives with a focus on Indigenous people, communities and projects will be found here.

In this section, organizations that offer supports that may benefit students have been broken into categories.  

Click on the listings of individual organizations and explore which supports they offer. 

For each listing:

  • Click on the (+) symbol for organization  details, contact information and links where available.
  • You will  find links to the services the organization offers.

Akiing Onji Foundation

P: 204-336-0554 / 431-275-1107
E: [email protected]

110-200 Alpine Way
Headingley, Manitoba Canada
R4H 1C8

The Akiing Onji Foundation is an Indigenous-led charity that was founded to promote and preserve Indigenous languages and cultures through culturally appropriate education activities, programs, training, and workshops for the Indigenous community in Manitoba.

First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada – Philanthropic Initiatives

P: 613-230-5885
E: [email protected]

Suite 202 – 350 Sparks Street
Ottawa, Ontario Canada
K1R 7S8

Building on the interest of First Nations child and family services leaders to create a national networking organization, the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada (the Caring Society) was developed at the Squamish First Nation in 1998 at a national meeting of First Nations child and family service agencies. Meeting delegates agreed that a national nonprofit organization was required to provide research, policy, professional development and networking to support First Nations child and family service agencies in caring for First Nations children, youth and families. An interim board was elected and the plan was approved at a second national meeting at Kingsclear First Nation in 1999. You can read more about the Caring Society and some of their programs in their entry under Foundations of Reconciliation.


P: 1-855-463-7747
E: [email protected]

Box 5, Suite 100, 50 Generations Drive
Six Nations of the Grand River Ohsweken, Ontario Canada
N0A 1M0

Indspire is a national Indigenous registered charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people for the long term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. Our vision is to enrich Canada through Indigenous education and by inspiring achievement. In partnership with Indigenous, private and public sector stakeholders, Indspire educates, connects and invests in First Nations, Inuit and Métis people so they will achieve their highest potential.

National Indian Brotherhood (NIB) Trust Fund

P: 1 (888) 268-0520
E: [email protected]

46 Irene Roundpoint Lane
Akwesasne, Ontario Canada
K6H 0G5

The NIB Trust Fund was established as a trust in 1975 and in the same year obtained charitable status. Today, the NIB Trust Fund supports education programs aimed at healing, reconciliation, and knowledge building. The goal of the NIB Trust Fund is to help First Nations and Métis people, organizations, and communities address the long-lasting impacts of the Indian residential schools system and to support education programs aimed at healing and reconciliation over many years. All NIB Trust funding is accessed through a competitive application process. To date, the NIB Trust Fund has awarded $49M to 604 Group Beneficiaries to provide language and cultural revitalization programs, back to the land programs, teaching circles, youth camps, traditional kinship connections, student support, certified training, and scholarship programs. In addition, it has awarded $30.1M in funding for 7,131 First Nation and Métis individuals engaged in cultural learning, post-secondary, or training and certification.

Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC)

P: 613-722-3033 / Toll -Free : 1-800-461-4043
E: [email protected]

Head Office: 120 Promenade du Portage
Gatineau, Quebec Canada
J8X 2K1

The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is a national Indigenous organization representing political voices of Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirit, Transgender, and Gender-Diverse+ (WG2STGD+) People in Canada. NWAC is inclusive of First Nations—on- and off-reserve, status, non-status, and disenfranchised—Inuit, and Métis. An aggregate of Indigenous women’s organizations from across the country, NWAC was founded on a collective goal to enhance, promote, and foster social, economic, cultural, and political well-being of IndigenousWG2STGD+ People in their respective communities and Canadian societies.

The Circle on Philanthropy

E: [email protected]

Head Office c/o Kris Archie, 2 St Clair Ave East, Suite 300
Toronto, Ontario Canada
M4T 2T5

The Circle on Philanthropy (The Circle) transforms philanthropy and contributes to positive change between Philanthropy and Indigenous communities by creating spaces of learning, innovation, relationship-building, co-creation, and activation. The Circle works alongside Indigenous-led organizations, Indigenous informed organizations, organizations with Indigenous beneficiaries, our members and philanthropic signatories of The Declaration of Action to encourage individuals and organizations to learn, acknowledge, and understand more about reconciliation and the decolonization of wealth.

True North Aid

P: Phone or TEXT: 1-226-444-3385
E: [email protected]

PO Box 37023
Kitchener, Ontario Canada
N2A 4A7 ​

True North Aid is dedicated to serving and supporting northern and remote Indigenous communities in Canada through practical humanitarian support. With more than 45% of Indigenous children living below the poverty line, there is much work to be done. The issue facing Indigenous communities in Canada are complex. True North Aid believes that self-governance and self-determination is the key to closing the poverty gap. As a Canadian registered charity, our mandate is to provide practical humanitarian assistance through our core programs. These programs are built upon self-determination efforts and community champions who seek ways to enrich and empower their communities.

Habitat for Humanity

P: 1-800-667-5137
E: [email protected]

Suite 403-477 Mount Pleasant Rd.
Toronto, Ontario Canada
M4S 2L9

We bring communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership.

Selkirk & District Community Foundation (SDCF)

P: (204) 785-9755
E: [email protected]

200 Eaton Ave
Selkirk, Manitoba Canada
R1A 0W6

SDCF is a charitable organization registered with Revenue Canada and incorporated in 1995. The Selkirk & District Community Foundation (SDCF) brings people together from all walks of life to make our communities vital places to live, work and play, for all. The Foundation helps everything from the region’s library and hospital; daycares to senior centres and cultural dance troupes to women’s shelters and so much more.

The Winnipeg Foundation

P: 204-944-9474 / Toll Free 1-877-974-3631
E: [email protected]

1350 – One Lombard Place
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
R3B 0X3

What do you care about? We care about it too! No matter what you’re passionate about you can support it through The Winnipeg Foundation. We want to help you give back to our community by connecting you with the causes you care about For Good. We are an endowment-based organization, so your gift continues to give Forever. The Winnipeg Foundation also lists Job Postings on their website stating that “We are committed to diversity, accessibility and inclusiveness both within our organization and in our work with the community.”

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