Resources, Publications & Reports

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Governing Circle – Transition to a co-chair model


Definitional Matrix: What makes a “charity” Indigenous

To better understand what makes a “charity” Indigenous, The Circle invites the sector to look to the Definitional Matrix featured in Measuring the Circle: Emerging Trends in Philanthropy for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Communities in Canada: A Focus on Manitoba




Summer Activities List | Indigenous Events 2018

Community engagement is a crucial part of The Circle’s Pathway to Reconciliation, it involves actively seeking opportunities to engage in your local community. This list of Indigenous festivals and events happening this summer is an invitation to explore, learn and gather.


The Journey to Reconciliation Webinar Series

Learn more about our reconciliation-focused webinars hereClick to watch our last webinar.


Let’s Talk Equity, Privilege & Ally-ship

Understand the role of an ally in philanthropy. Click to download.


Increase your access to funding

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

Moving Through Fear into Abundance.

Read our National Philanthropy Day reflections and call to action. Click to view.


Reconciliation-focused Reading Lists

*UPDATED* Continue on the pathway to reconciliation by celebrating Indigenous authors & understanding Indigenous culture through storytelling with your family. Click to download.

Spark your personal journey to reconciliation: learn, understand and acknowledge more about our shared history and Indigenous peoples. Click to download.


This section provides access to reports and publications from across Canada and abroad, provide a place for member organizations to share stories, and highlight links to other organizations working to promote giving, sharing, and philanthropy in Aboriginal communities across the country.


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

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Canadian Public Opinion on Aboriginal Peoples 2016 – FINAL REPORT

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The Circle Next Steps Report

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On the Ground Indigenous

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Blackfoot Crossing Report

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2013 Post Event Report

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Aboriginal Philanthropy In Canada: A Foundation For Understanding
Research-based discussion paper

This is a research-based discussion paper that we hope will provide an overview of data, stories, perceptions, grant-making models and new opportunities and ways of thinking related to Aboriginal-focused philanthropy. This paper is intended as a means to share information and enhance our collective knowledge on Indigenous philanthropy in Canada. Additionally, it provides context for strengthening relationships between foundations and Canada’s First Peoples.

The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada encourages readers to ask themselves: What does this information mean to me? How is it relevant to me? How is it relevant to my organization, my community, my workplace, my city? Does it raise other questions that I you would like to see answered?

The information in Aboriginal Philanthropy in Canada: A Foundation for Understanding, as well as the process of developing the document have built the Circle’s knowledge about, and understanding of the realities, strengths and significance of Aboriginal people in Canada and course the significant role philanthropy can play in the quality of life of Aboriginal peoples in Canada. They have reinforced how important it is to increase the involvement of Aboriginal people throughout the industry and to expand opportunities for Aboriginal people to deliver and receive culturally appropriate services that are funded within an Aboriginal focused granting models.

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Publisher: The Circle and United Way of Winnipeg
Date Published: 2010


A Cross Cultural Dialogue: Exploring Reconciliation Through Philanthropy
Event Report

On March 21 nearly 100 individuals from the philanthropic community gathered in Toronto, Ontario, to participate in a discussion panel about Indian Residential Schools and the importance of the process of reconciliation in Canada. The Circle was honoured to co-host this event with; Tides Canada, Inspirit Foundation, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

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Author: The Circle
Publisher: The Circle
Date Published: 2013


Leading Together: Indigenous Youth In Community Partnerships

The Foundation is pleased to present Leading Together: Indigenous Youth in Community Partnerships, produced in collaboration with Journalists for Human Rights and the Tyee Solutions Society.

This publication profiles promising approaches to partnership between non-profit organizations and indigenous youth. Written by emerging and established indigenous and non-indigenous journalists, each article depicts a different partnership, with a focus on what worked, what didn’t, and lessons learned. The publication was launched at the recent All My Relations Gathering, hosted by the Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.

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Author: The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
Publisher: The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
Date Published: 2013


Measuring The Circle: Emerging Trends In Philanthropy For First Nations, Métis And Inuit Communities In Canada

Measuring the Circle: Emerging Trends in Philanthropy for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Communities in Canada is the first report of its kind in Canada. It analyzes key findings of The Circle’s three-part research initiative on the Aboriginal Funding Economy in Canada. The report examines philanthropic endeavors, while exploring key questions and issues pertaining to the scope and trends of future opportunities and research.

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Date Published: June 2014