We Help

Individuals, Communities and Organizations alike to foster connections and stronger mutual relationships.


We Help

The Circle develops programs and spaces that cultivate better conversations, connections, and relationships among Aboriginal Peoples and philanthropic organizations.


We Help

The Circle works to create awareness through educating and engaging communities and organizations to create Alliances in reciprocity on the path to true reconciliation.


The Circle

Membership in The Circle provides you with opportunities for information sharing, networking, collaboration, training and professional development.

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Applying for Qualified Donee Status with Canada Revenue Agency. Click to download.

Measuring The Circle 2017

Emerging Trends in Philanthropy for First Nations, Metis and Inuit Communities in Canada: A Focus on Manitoba

Our Mission

The Circle transforms philanthropy and contributes to positive change with Indigenous communities by creating spaces of learning, innovation, relationship-building, co-creation and activation.

Join us on the Journey to Reconciliation

What Is The Circle?

The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada is an open network to promote giving, sharing, and philanthropy in Aboriginal communities across the country. We connect with and support the empowerment of First Nations, Inuit and Métis nations, communities, and individuals in building a stronger, healthier future.

Declaration of Action

Coinciding with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) holding its closing events in Ottawa, a group of Canada’s philanthropic organizations (Inspirit Foundation, The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, Community Foundations of Canada, Philanthropic Foundations Canada, The Counselling Foundation of Canada) have prepared a Declaration of Action committing to ensuring that positive action on reconciliation will continue.

The Declaration is a call to action inviting others to join in moving forward in an atmosphere of understanding, dignity and respect towards the shared goal of reconciliation. For more information or to sign the Declaration please visit: http://www.philanthropyandaboriginalpeoples.ca/declaration/


Interview with Chief Dr. Robert Joseph and Karen Joseph

This short video documentary, produced by The Philanthropist in collaboration with The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, marks The Philanthropist’s very first recorded article. The video presents a conversation-style interview with Reconciliation Canada’s Ambassador Chief Dr. Robert Joseph and Executive Director Karen Joseph, led by Sarah Goodman, Founder and CEO of Treetop Strategy.

How Can You Help?

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Our network consists of individuals and organizations of all kinds that are committed to and actively advancing: giving, sharing and philanthropy, for the benefit of, First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities in Canada.

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Not into membership? Make a donation to The Circle which will go to aiding in facilitation of events, information sharing and providing opportunities for youth and alike to join our events. Charitable tax receipt provided.

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