Videos And Webinars

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.


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.


I Don’t Want to Say the Wrong Thing! Shedding Light on Language

As our society increases its collective knowledge of our shared history with Indigenous peoples, language, identity, and nationhood are shared more frequently in daily media. The tremendous efforts of Idle No More, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and the federal government’s recent decision to endorse the UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples are at the forefront of our national discourse.    

While these national conversations are happening, have you found yourself tongue-tied in day-to-day conversations about Aboriginal peoples and current headline issues, supporting Indigenous beneficiaries or causes, and working in the First Nation, Metis and Inuit funding economy? Are you afraid of offending someone or saying the wrong thing? Did you notice we used five different terms in the questions? Do you ask yourself what does it all mean?

The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada and special guests will share the background, context, and tools to guide you on the release of that awkwardness to and help you avoid feeling like you may say the wrong thing so you can collectively begin a fruitful conversation.

If you are working in the philanthropic or charitable sectors and are asking yourself these questions then this webinar is for you.

Join us for a conversation with Victoria Grant, Udloriak Hanson and Marilyn Poitras moderated by Wanda BrascoupéPeters, Executive Director of The Circle. This webinar will be hosted during the week of National Aboriginal Day.

Learning objectives:

  • Understanding the importance language from First Nation, Métis, and Inuit perspectives
  • Raise awareness of how language can benefit partnerships
  • Learn practical tips to start meaningful conversations
  • Provide perspectives on the importance of reclaiming language

This webinar is brought to you by The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada in partnership with Community Foundations of Canada, Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network, The Counselling Foundation of Canada, Inspirit Foundation, The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, Lawson Foundation, Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative, Ontario Trillium Foundation, and Philanthropic Foundations Canada.