123 Slater Street, Suite 600

Ottawa, ON

K1P 5H2


About The Circle

Who We Are

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.

Our Vision

To build a stronger and healthier future for First Nations, Inuit and Metis nations, communities and individuals.

The goal of the Circle is to connect with and support the empowerment of First Nations, Inuit and Métis nations, communities, and individuals in building a stronger, healthier future.


Raising the profile of Aboriginal Peoples and the philanthropic community at all levels of society.

How we bring our goals to life?

Expand awareness about the potential of philanthropy to advance Aboriginal Peoples’ issues. Broaden and deepen public knowledge, including the history of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. Increase public awareness and recognition of deeply rooted injustices and model respect for First Nation, Inuit and Métis cultures, practices and institutions.


Active participation by members addressing issues of importance to Aboriginal communities.

How do we engage?

Nurture conversations, connections and relationships among Aboriginal communities and philanthropic organizations. Provide opportunities for organizations to connect and become involved.


Building skills and capacity within Aboriginal communities to encourage their participation in the philanthropic sector

How do we educate?

Develop and share tools, resources and relationships to develop knowledge and skills about the practice of philanthropy among First Nations, Inuit and Métis participation in the governance and decision making of philanthropic organizations.


Purposeful relationships that produce tangible results.

How do we do this?

Strengthen the level, innovation, and community reach of financial and human investments in Aboriginal communities across the country. Support the flourishing of aboriginal models of philanthropy.


Our Approach

To realize our goals, we will honour our shared intentions while respecting differing values. Specifically, we will continuously and consciously strive to:

  • Strengthen Aboriginal voices, leadership, participation, and right to self-determination
  • Honour the obligations of historical treaties – “we are all treaty people”
  • Build trust
  • Uphold the principles of equality, reciprocity, and mutuality
  • Realize common goals by learning, listening, sharing knowledge, and building consensus
  • Embrace the language of opportunity and possibility while recognizing the challenges faced by Aboriginal peoples in Canada
  • Be open, inclusive, and flexible
  • Be adaptive and responsive
  • Bring participants directly into contact with the land and First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities

We Are A Registered Charity: 834253080RR0001