Grounded in the preservation and revitalization of First Nations language, culture and way of life; the NIB Trust Fund provides resourcing to create meaningful opportunities that improve the quality of life for First Nations.
The NIB Trust Fund is devoted to creating meaningful opportunities to have a positive impact on the lives of First Nations people by:
Cultivating a spirit of healing and reconciliation by providing resources to projects that focus on the preservation and revitalization of culture, language and ways of life; and result in a greater recognition and respect for cultural diversity and First Nations autonomy.
Supporting and promoting educational programs/services/resources and opportunities that will revitalize and protect our diverse First Nations languages, cultural practices, and traditions as an integral part of enriching the lives of our First Nations people.
Facilitating collaborative partnerships with First Nations governments, institutions, community members, as well as private and public sectors to develop and propose projects that will mobilize greater opportunities across all region.
The National Indian Brotherhood Trust Fund (NIB Trust Fund) was developed in 1975 to:
- Study in conjunction with First Nation representatives from the various parts of Canada the problems confronting Indians in today’s society
- Research the economic, social and scientific problems of First Nation communities with a view to propose solutions to these problems
- Research the historical and cultural aspects of First Nation communities with a view to assist in retaining First Nation culture and values
- Obtain and disseminate information to Indian groups and others concerned with the quality of First Nation life
- Added in 2009: Provide educational programs and related services and initiatives that provide assistance to First Nations peoples, including the provision of financial assistance to attend education institutions at all levels
- Added in 2009: Provide healing and reconciliation programs, services and initiatives for First Nations peoples as required as a result of the intergenerational impacts of the Indian Residential School system
Today the NIB Trust Fund supports education programs aimed at healing, reconciliation and knowledge building. Funds are available to First Nation and Métis individuals and organizations through a competitive application process. The goal of the NIB Trust Fund to help First Nations and Métis people, organizations and communities address the long lasting impacts of the Indian residential schools system, and to support education programs aimed at healing and reconciliation over many years. All NIB Trust funding is accessed through a competitive application process.
To date, the NIB Trust Fund has funded over 170 Group Projects ranging from language and cultural revitalization programs, such as cultural healing and teaching circles and camps, to student support, training and scholarship programs. In addition, has approved funding for over 1,800 First Nation and Metis individuals engaged in Post-secondary, cultural learning, or training and certification.
The NIB Trust Fund is a new opportunity separate from previous compensation packages offered to former students of Indian Residential Schools.