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From Reconciliation to Reciprocity
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations are a foundational piece of our country’s shared history but seven years since its release, what meaningful action has taken place in philanthropy to ensure justice for Indigenous communities? As funding disparities persist and old models of giving perpetuate our past relations, how can we move forward from the rhetoric of reconciliation to true reciprocity? A future that goes beyond equity to sovereignty where Indigenous communities determine their own unique solutions.

Up first is an engaging presentation from Lindsay (Swooping Hawk) Kretschmer, who weaves her personal narrative with that of our nation’s history to ground us in the present reality of the urban Indigenous experience. Following that, she’ll be joined in discussion with three powerful leaders (read their bios below) who are all working to re-imagine philanthropy with bold new ideas on how Indigenous values can inform (and transform) our sector.

Join us for this event where we continue to deepen our understanding of the roots of Indigenous Peoples on this land, and learn how we can shift from the consequences of colonization to the promise of a new reciprocal relationship with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples.

This event is held in partnership with Philanthropic Foundations Canada.

Jun 8, 2022 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Lindsay (Swooping Hawk) Kretschmer
Executive Director, Aboriginal Legal Services
Lindsay (Swooping Hawk) Kretschmer is German, and Mohawk and she was born and raised in Toronto. She has worked in the non-profit sector for nearly 20 years. She currently serves as the Executive Director for Aboriginal Legal Services. Lindsay has served on boards and in senior management roles, locally and provincially. She started her community service work as a teenager, 19 years ago, by volunteering at Council Fire Native Cultural Centre. Lindsay is dedicated to social justice and advocacy. Lindsay is a mom to two daughters and a son. Lindsay’s commitment to serving in the non-profit sector is inspired by her own journey of overcoming personal adversity.
K'aayhlt'aa Haanas
Manager, Member Engagement and Accountability, The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada
K’aayhlt’aa Haanas Valine Brown is an organizer, communications professional, and devoted Haida citizen belonging to the K’aawas Eagle Clan. She believes in the power of people and connection to place and she is fiercely committed to building community resilience. Valine is the Manager of Member Engagement & Accountability at The Circle.
Jess H̓áust̓i (Housty)
Co-lead, Right Relations Collaborative
Jess is a Haíɫzaqv (Heiltsuk) parent, writer, and land-based educator living in and working from her unceded ancestral homelands in Bella Bella. She is the Executive Director of Qqs Projects Society, a Haíɫzaqv charitable non-profit serving youth and families both in her community and out on the land, and Co-lead of the Right Relations Collaborative, a new decolonial space for funders and Indigenous community leaders to form equitable and respectful relationships around support for grassroots/community-rooted work.
Itoah Scott-Enns
Owner, Įdaà Strategies
Itoah is Tłı̨chǫ and was born and raised in Denendeh. She worked for several years as Executive Director of the Arctic Funders Collaborative, where she worked closely with philanthropic funders to build good relationships with Indigenous communities across the Arctic. Motivated by the responsibility to use her agency to support Indigenous self-determination, Itoah decided to establish her own business so that she could support communities to build strategies that actually work, and are rooted in Northern languages, cultures and ways of life.