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The National Indian Brotherhood Trust Fund (NIB Trust Fund) accepts applications for education programs aimed at healing, reconciliation and knowledge building.

The NIB Trust Fund allocates funds in accordance with the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement of 2007 – the largest settlement agreement in Canadian history which provided compensation to survivors for their experiences at residential schools.

Funds are available to First Nation and Métis individuals, governments and organizations through a competitive application process specific to groups and/or individuals. The NIB Trust Fund offers a new opportunity separate from Indian residential schools compensation packages.

The National Indian Brotherhood Trust Fund (NIB Trust Fund) accepts applications for education programs aimed at healing, reconciliation and knowledge building.

The NIB Trust Fund allocates funds in accordance with the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement of 2007 – the largest settlement agreement in Canadian history which provided compensation to survivors for their experiences at residential schools.

Funds are available to First Nation and Métis individuals, governments and organizations through a competitive application process specific to groups and/or individuals. The NIB Trust Fund offers a new opportunity separate from Indian residential schools compensation packages.

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Success Stories

Antoine Mountain

“I am grateful for the support from NIB Trust Fund and continue working with the Dene Youth in my community of Fort Good Hope, NWT. My research focus has been on the impacts of residential school trauma on youth, while finding ways to empower them in their Dene identity. I aim to strengthen myself and my community with my research.  My research has been challenging but funding has helped me continue my studies.”

“We brought back culture and traditions of the Gitxsan people through art, language, song, traditional food, and medicines. As a result, program participants are more confident, open and speak with pride and hope about their language, culture and identity.”

The Gitxsan Land and Culture program empowered youth through land-based programming. Participants were engaged in cultural learning, traditional harvesting, collecting medicines, and storytelling.  Sessions addressed intergenerational traumas and connected youth with their individual house chiefs and father clans. The program supported and encouraged youth to be leaders of their communities, and to use their traditional knowledge to heal, overcome adversity, build self-confidence and have pride in their Indigenous identity.

Senden Holistic Land-Based Youth Program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-pIpxONTwE

“My cultural learning experience has been humbling. I have had the opportunity to learn my Mi’kmaq traditions and knowledge. My family had taught me that it’s our responsibility to share our knowledge and I am so grateful to now to have learned about my culture. I hope to share these teachings with my community. My experience with the NIB Trust Fund was simple and straight forward.  Each and every person I spoke with were so efficient, professional yet very friendly.”

Upper Nicola Indian Band

“The Kwu Xast program provided language workshops and training to teach Okanagan language.  Students participated in field trips to traditional territories and enjoyed knowledge keeper storytelling”

The primary purpose of the ”We Are Better Together” program was to address some of the major issues stemming from the impacts of Indian Residential School, such as; loss of language, culture, family structure, and disconnection from the land.  Okanagan language, traditional knowledge building, and food preparation workshops were held seasonally throughout the year while also incorporating cultural identity, self-esteem/expression and self-awareness. Participants learned traditional territory locations, kokanne and trout fishing, berry picking, tea and medicine gathering. The program also included a “Calling Our Spirits Home – Healing Walk” from Kamloops Indian Residential School to the communities of Quilchena and Spahomin as a way of enriching solidarity and healing as a community.  High interest and attendance of these workshops and the walk confirm this programming is needed and has direct beneficial impacts on individuals, families and community.

“Funding from the NIB Trust Fund had helped motivate me to complete my studies. I have furthered my personal skills and knowledge while contributing to my community.  My community has and will continue to benefit from my culinary program, as I will provide my community my skills and knowledge by teaching and educating about meal preparation and nutrition information.”

“The Manitoba Aboriginal Language Strategy (MALS) is a committee driven strategy to revitalize, retain and promote the survival of Indigenous languages in Manitoba. Receiving funding has enabled the organization to move forward in the development of an Indigenous focused language teacher training certification program. This is a significant project for Manitoba, and we are incredibly grateful to the NIB Trust Fund for the opportunity to make it a reality.”

The MALS hosted a series of focus groups, research, discussion, and engagement with department heads, future students, alumni and Elders to revitalize, retain and promote Indigenous languages through the creation of an Indigenous language teacher certification program.  The resulting language model is adaptable to meet various institutional specifications and can be utilized across the province.

Indigenous Languages of Manitoba Inc., Winnipeg, Manitoba Manitoba Aboriginal Languages Strategy

“I am grateful to have been chosen as a recipient of the NIB Trust Fund. My goal as a future physician is to work with First Nation communities and address issues on inadequate primary health care. I also want to focus on mental health issues that are affecting First Nation communities at epidemic rates. As a First Nation doctor, I will be able to advocate for our communities and make a change.”

“The NIB Trust Funds has provided an opportunity for Swan River First Nation to assist students in the revitalization of the Cree language and culture in our community through Cree language classes, head start programming and several cultural activities. The Metoni kwayask awasisak kistohtamowsowak nehiyawin program allowed the youth to feel a sense of pride and are working towards making healthy life choices.” 

The Cree language program’s primary objective is to expose students to their language and culture through learning activities in and outside the classroom. We offered land based learning of traditional skills and teachings, invited Elders and Survivors to teach youth or history and share their experiences.  Elders volunteered and taught students in school through storytelling, drum and rattle making, sewing traditional regalia and outfits. Youth learned from knowledge keepers how to build shelters, dancing, making a fire, tree identification, picking herbs, cultivation of medicines, fishing, and snaring of small game. The program also held traditional feasts/gatherings throughout the year to showcase student achievements in the program and language development.

“The knowledge I gained from these cultural teachings have made a big difference in my life. I learned the traditional way of living and how to live off the land of Mother Earth. I was taught how to hunt, how to properly smoke meat, how to set nets for fish, and how to prepare duck. I am proud to be able to practice my culture while also learning to speak my language.  I am thankful and grateful I was selected for funding to learn my culture and the traditional way of life.”

“Thank you to the NIB Trust Fund for investing in the healing and resilience of Metis Women. Often it is a challenge for Metis survivors who suffer traumas to access funding for professional counselling and be able to access Metis-specific trauma informed programs. This program was indeed life changing for the women who participated.”

– Victoria Pruden, Executive Director, Bridges for Women Society

The NIB Trust Fund provided us the opportunity to create a program to deliver services of trauma informed healing, employability training, Metis culture and identity strengthening activities. Our Metis Women’s Bridging program offered weekly professional trauma counselling to survivors and family members and a series of workshops. Workshops included traditional meal preparation, medicine preparation and Métis art teachings and creation. Participants are now able to connect to a positive support system for themselves and their families while continuing to address and reduce isolation, and maintain connections to Métis culture, language and community.  They can also actively teach the next generation and increase cultural engagement at both the family and community-level.

“The NIB Trust Fund has helped me reach my education goals towards becoming an Electrical Engineer. This scholarship allowed me to focus on my studies and maintain an above average grade point. I plan to find, design and implement better, safer and more renewable sources of energy in and outside my community. I aim to contribute to a cleaner and greener Mother Earth as environmental protection is important to my First Nations culture.”

“The Indigenous-Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (I-STEAM) program was developed as a targeted learning resource for adult literacy. The program is filled with exciting and innovative lesson plans for every level. The I-STEAM program helps students to understand that Indigenous peoples have always had this knowledge in their ancestors’ repertoire to survive since time immemorial. The Ontario Native Literacy Coalition (ONLC) would like to see more students pursue careers in these areas and to know it is genetically embedded in their DNA to be leaders in these fields.”

-Michelle Davis, CEO, Ontario Native Literacy Coalition

Funding provided by the NIB Trust Fund assisted the Ontario Native Literacy Coalition to create a unique technology and literacy based program. The goals of the I-STEAM program were to provide adult learners the opportunity to explore the fields of Indigenous Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. The initiative was piloted in three sites throughout Ontario and we found many students engaged and eager to participate. The students, as a result of I-STEAM programming, had increased their individual literacy and work place employability.

“My goal is to be in my community, giving back as much as I can, but also focusing on my community elders and youth. I say this because our elders are our teachers and the youth is going to one day be our leaders. I want to show them, that through hard work and dedication, no matter where you come from, you really can obtain all your goals and dreams.”

“I have been inspired and humbled for the opportunity to work alongside our partners from Chisasibi Cultural and Heritage Centre. The protection of the Cree language, stories, cultural history, and traditional practices – this demonstrates their resilience and strength in response to colonization, the impact of residential schools, and the relocation of the entire community. While the University of Victoria is just a small part of their journey, I think that it’s significant to mention that we had 23 graduates. This speaks to the significance and impact of co-developing educational programs with community partners and stakeholders.”

-Tania Muir, Director of Cultural Management Programs, Division of Continuing

Studies, University of Victoria

This program’s main objective had been to provide language classes and certificate customized to meet the community’s priorities for language revitalization. These classes encouraged and promoted Cree as the working language in Chisasibi organizations.  The results have been great, language capacity has increased and students have acquired the skills, tools, knowledge and strategies to promote and use the Cree language within the community.  The staff at the Chisasibi Heritage and Cultural Centre have a renewed and strengthened sense of responsibility as Language Keepers.

“The NIB Trust Fund has enabled me to find the balance I needed to manage the many educational goals I set for myself while achieving my Master’s Degree.  I intend to share my knowledge, experiences and teachings with my community and hope I can give back in any way.  I have been endlessly inspired, supported and encouraged by my community. I cannot thank the NIB Trust Fund enough for their support and I will be forever grateful.”

“I was thinking last night before I went to bed about the language and the meaning of words and I remembered hearing my grandmother and aunt talking to me before I went to residential school.  It’s different now, the language, people don’t speak that way anymore.  I was thinking after our class last night, that what we are learning, this is the right way how to say it.”

– Wemindji Community Cree Language Program Student

The goals of this community program was to provide a language outreach program as a means to heal the traumas of residential schools through a rejuvenation of Cree language. Classes were offered to students from all levels of knowledge and included everyone from Elders who did not have language learning opportunities, to fluent Cree speakers wanting to re-acquire literacy skills, and to non-Cree speakers starting with the basics of the Cree language. The program attained its objective of increasing language literacy to survivors and their children with 150 participants.  There has also been increased outreach for Cree language learning to the greater Cree community through a social media Cree language page. This page has users across the several Cree communities and, as a result, is promoting and expanding the Cree language.  This program has helped our community to be more in touch with our beautiful language and solidify the importance of language to the connection with our ancestors and culture.

“The sense of pride amongst our community members is growing each and every time someone takes a step forward on their healing journey. The Ripple Effect program allows us to learn together and heal together. It is an amazing process.” 

-Jamie Thomas, Culture Coordinator

The Ripple Effect is a community-based program developed to reconnect community with culture. The program’s main focus has been language revitalization and hosting cultural events throughout the year in partnership with the Lennox Island Health Center. Our goal was to open the discussion of intergenerational impacts of Residential Schools within the community and find positive ways to heal. The program has brought about new ways to introduce language learning styles and techniques to promote and ensure community members become fluent Mi’kmaq speakers.

Success Stories

Antoine Mountain

“I am grateful for the support from NIB Trust Fund and continue working with the Dene Youth in my community of Fort Good Hope, NWT. My research focus has been on the impacts of residential school trauma on youth, while finding ways to empower them in their Dene identity. I aim to strengthen myself and my community with my research.  My research has been challenging but funding has helped me continue my studies.”

“My cultural learning experience has been humbling. I have had the opportunity to learn my Mi’kmaq traditions and knowledge. My family had taught me that it’s our responsibility to share our knowledge and I am so grateful to now to have learned about my culture. I hope to share these teachings with my community. My experience with the NIB Trust Fund was simple and straight forward.  Each and every person I spoke with were so efficient, professional yet very friendly.”

“Funding from the NIB Trust Fund had helped motivate me to complete my studies. I have furthered my personal skills and knowledge while contributing to my community.  My community has and will continue to benefit from my culinary program, as I will provide my community my skills and knowledge by teaching and educating about meal preparation and nutrition information.”

“I am grateful to have been chosen as a recipient of the NIB Trust Fund. My goal as a future physician is to work with First Nation communities and address issues on inadequate primary health care. I also want to focus on mental health issues that are affecting First Nation communities at epidemic rates. As a First Nation doctor, I will be able to advocate for our communities and make a change.”

“The knowledge I gained from these cultural teachings have made a big difference in my life. I learned the traditional way of living and how to live off the land of Mother Earth. I was taught how to hunt, how to properly smoke meat, how to set nets for fish, and how to prepare duck. I am proud to be able to practice my culture while also learning to speak my language.  I am thankful and grateful I was selected for funding to learn my culture and the traditional way of life.”

“The NIB Trust Fund has helped me reach my education goals towards becoming an Electrical Engineer. This scholarship allowed me to focus on my studies and maintain an above average grade point. I plan to find, design and implement better, safer and more renewable sources of energy in and outside my community. I aim to contribute to a cleaner and greener Mother Earth as environmental protection is important to my First Nations culture.”

“My goal is to be in my community, giving back as much as I can, but also focusing on my community elders and youth. I say this because our elders are our teachers and the youth is going to one day be our leaders. I want to show them, that through hard work and dedication, no matter where you come from, you really can obtain all your goals and dreams.”

“The NIB Trust Fund has enabled me to find the balance I needed to manage the many educational goals I set for myself while achieving my Master’s Degree.  I intend to share my knowledge, experiences and teachings with my community and hope I can give back in any way.  I have been endlessly inspired, supported and encouraged by my community. I cannot thank the NIB Trust Fund enough for their support and I will be forever grateful.”