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THE NIB TRUST FUND ANNOUNCES MR. ARNOLD BLACKSTAR AS THE NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The National Indian Brotherhood (NIB) Trust Fund is pleased to announce the appointment of Arnold Blackstar as its new Executive Director effective July 16, 2018.

“In this time of reconciliation where we are working to address the harms of residential schools, it is my honour and privilege to contribute to the advancement of healing, promoting Indigenous languages and culture revitalization,” said Mr. Blackstar. “This is a great opportunity to help facilitate First Nations people who are looking for support to bring about positive changes for themselves and their communities”.

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THE NIB TRUST FUND ANNOUNCES THE 2018-2019 SUCCESSFUL GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVING FUNDING FOR PROGRAMS AIMED AT HEALING AND RECONCILIATION

The National Indian Brotherhood (NIB) Trust Fund announces the 2018-2019 successful groups and organizations who have been approved for funding for a wide variety of educational programs and initiatives aimed at supporting healing and reconciliation.
The NIB Trust Fund Board of Trustees has approved approximately $6.5 million in funding to 84 Groups and Organizations who will implement cultural and healing programs to First Nations across Canada. The NIB Trust Fund received over 160 applications from First Nation and Métis organizations, communities, cultural centers and educational institutions. These programs are aimed at revitalizing language, culture and healing and will be delivered at the community, provincial and national levels.
The NIB Trust Fund allocates funds in accordance with the 2007 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement – 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 as part of healing and reconciliation efforts.
The NIB Trust Fund will release the next call for applications for Groups and Organizations in November 2018. Applicants must be registered with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and have Qualified Donee Status or a Charitable Number. First Nation Band Offices and organizations on-reserve must contact CRA and start their application now to receive their Qualified Donee Status before November 2018 as the process can take up to 6 months. Please visit CRA’s website at http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/qlfd-dns/mncplpblcbds-eng.html to access information on how to apply and for application criteria.
The individual call for applications is currently open and the deadline is June 8, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

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The NIB Trust Releases Audit Report and Annual Report, Highlights Success Stories

(OTTAWA, ON – September 19, 2017): The National Indian Brotherhood (NIB) Trust Fund released its 2016-2017 audit report and its 2016-2017 annual report which includes information on the Trust’s activities over the past year, including success stories of the students funded and facts and figures about its exciting and positive work.

“This has been a very dynamic year for the National Indian Brotherhood Trust Fund as the organization continues to grow and develop,” said NIB Trust Fund Executive Director Nicole Callihoo. “The annual report provides a look at our activities over the past year and the work ahead of us. Our accomplishments and funding opportunities are vital to reaching our vision and mission. We remain committed to our goal of ensuring that former students of Indian Residential Schools, their families and all First Nations and Métis have access to support for their education endeavours over many years.”

In the past year, the NIB Trust Fund was able to invest in a wide variety of community-based education programs and advance the education and personal development of First Nations and Métis individuals. This includes education endeavours at university, college, trade or training schools and programming that focus on the preservation, reclamation, or increased understanding of First Nations or Métis history, cultures and languages.

The NIB Trust Fund provided funding support to 1,219 individuals in 2016-2017 and approved and supported 287 Awards for activities like cultural and language learning, 271 Bursaries and 661 Scholarships in areas like post-secondary education.

Highlights of 2016-2017 include:

  • Support for 1,070 Residential School Legacy survivors to achieve their education goals
  • Support for 661 post-secondary students
  • Approval of $7.1 Million in individual funding
  • Approval of $1.29 Million to individual cultural and language education goals
  • Approval of $5.07 Million in organization funding activities

The annual report highlights individuals and groups from each region who received funding from the NIB Trust Fund to pursue their education and cultural knowledge or to promote educational and healing programs. The Group Success Stories showcase language, cultural and healing programs in communities created with support of the NIB Trust, bringing together youth, adults and residential school survivors. These programs were used to share and teach cultural and ceremonial traditions through land based activities and culture camps.

The NIB Trust Fund allocates funds in accordance with the 2007 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, the largest settlement agreement in Canadian history. The settlement agreement 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.

All applicants go through a rigorous process and must respect rules and guidelines to ensure suitability, accountability and transparency.

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LAUNCH OF
SUCCESS STORIES

NIB TRUST FUND ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF SUCCESS STORIES

“I am honoured today to highlight these eleven individuals and ten groups who received funding,” said NIB Trust Fund Chair Phil Fontaine. “They have been able to share the impacts of our support and we are pleased to see that the NIB Trust Fund is contributing positively to the lives of so many First Nation and Métis people across Canada.”

The NIB Trust Fund supports individuals across a broad variety of education and training. Individuals profiled in the success stories have pursued university programs such as PhD’s and Master’s Degrees, some have used bursaries to pursue education in Indigenous languages, and others have pursued labour market training to secure careers as heavy equipment operators.

The Group Success Stories created and implemented language, cultural and healing programs within their communities and   brought together youth, adults and residential school survivors. These programs were used to share and teach cultural and ceremonial traditions through land based activities and culture camps.

The NIB Trust Fund allocates funds in accordance with the 2007 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, the largest settlement agreement in Canadian history. The settlement agreement 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.

Please visit our website at www.nibtrust.ca to view our Success Stories.

For more information please contact:
Nicole Callihoo, MPA
NIB Trust Fund Program Director
1-888-268-0520 Ext. 238
ncallihoo@nibtrust.ca

LAUNCH OF
SUCCESS STORIES

NIB TRUST FUND ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF SUCCESS STORIES

“I am honoured today to highlight these eleven individuals and ten groups who received funding,” said NIB Trust Fund Chair Phil Fontaine. “They have been able to share the impacts of our support and we are pleased to see that the NIB Trust Fund is contributing positively to the lives of so many First Nation and Métis people across Canada.”

The NIB Trust Fund supports individuals across a broad variety of education and training. Individuals profiled in the success stories have pursued university programs such as PhD’s and Master’s Degrees, some have used bursaries to pursue education in Indigenous languages, and others have pursued labour market training to secure careers as heavy equipment operators.

The Group Success Stories created and implemented language, cultural and healing programs within their communities and   brought together youth, adults and residential school survivors. These programs were used to share and teach cultural and ceremonial traditions through land based activities and culture camps.

The NIB Trust Fund allocates funds in accordance with the 2007 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, the largest settlement agreement in Canadian history. The settlement agreement 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.

Please visit our website at www.nibtrust.ca to view our Success Stories.

For more information please contact:
Nicole Callihoo, MPA
NIB Trust Fund Program Director
1-888-268-0520 Ext. 238
ncallihoo@nibtrust.ca

The NIB Trust Fund Announces Mr. Keith Martell, First Nations Bank of Canada CEO, as New Trust Fund Chair

(OTTAWA, ON – November 21, 2017): The National Indian Brotherhood (NIB) Trust Fund today announced that Mr. Keith Martell has been appointed as the new Trust Fund Chair. Mr. Martell was officially appointed on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at a meeting of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Executive Committee in Ottawa. Mr. Martell has long standing experience in the business world and is currently a Director and the Chief Executive Officer of First Nations Bank of Canada.

AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde said: “On behalf of the AFN Executive Committee, I welcome Mr. Martell in this new position as NIB Trust Fund Chair. We are pleased to welcome someone with the depth of experience and knowledge needed to continue the important, successful work of the NIB Trust Fund. We also want to lift up and thank outgoing NIB Trust Fund Chair, Phil Fontaine for his dedication and work in overseeing the Fund since December 2015. Mr. Fontaine was instrumental in achieving the landmark Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement that led to the establishment of the Fund. The NIB Trust Fund is an important legacy on behalf of all residential schools survivors for future generations.”

Mr. Martell graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1985 with a Bachelor of Commerce and received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the same institution in 2016. After 10 years with KPMG he served the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (“FSIN”) as the Executive Director of Finance and Fiscal Relations from 1995 to 2000. Mr. Martell is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and a Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM).

NIB TRUST FUND ANNOUNCES SUCCESSFUL GROUP APPLICANTS FOR PROGRAMS AIMED AT HEALING AND RECONCILIATION

APPROVED PROPOSALS FOR GROUPS & ORGANIZATIONS 2017-2018

NIB Trust Fund Chair Phil Fontaine stated: “I am pleased to announce today, on behalf of the NIB Trust Fund Board of Trustees, that we approved 87 groups and organizations for funding who will deliver cultural and healing programs to community members across Canada. The NIB Trust Fund received over 200 applications from First Nation and Métis organizations, communities, cultural centers and educational institutions.  These programs are aimed at revitalizing language, culture and healing and will be delivered in our communities, provincially and nationally.  In addition, we are excited to announce the approval of four national programs aimed at reconciliation.”

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 school.  Funds are available to First Nation and Métis individuals, governments and organizations as part of healing and reconciliation efforts.

Mr. Fontaine stated: “This is the second year that the NIB Trust Fund is providing funding to First Nation and Métis organizations, a direct result of the dedicated efforts of residential school survivors, First Nations leaders and all parties to the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement. We thank all the groups and organizations that submitted applications and we look forward to future funding opportunities.”

The individual call for applications is currently open and the deadline is June 2, 2017 at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

For more information or to view the list of approved Groups and Organizations, please visit www.nibtrust.ca.

For more information please contact:
Nicole Callihoo, MPA
NIB Trust Fund Program Director
1-888-268-0520 Ext. 238
ncallihoo@nibtrust.ca

NIB Trust Fund Announces Successful Individual Applications for Healing and Reconciliation

Successful applicants for this first round of individual funding range from language and cultural revitalization programs, including learning one’s own language, to student support, certification/training and scholarship programs.

“On behalf of the NIB Trust Fund Board of Trustees, I am pleased to announce this first round of funding for individual applicants,” said NIB Trust Fund Chair Phil Fontaine. “With more than 6,000 applicants, it is clear that there is a high level of interest across the country for activities and projects focused on healing and reconciliation. The successful applicants will now be able to pursue a wide range of training and apprenticeship opportunities, including learning their language, and learning their ceremonies. These funds will be life changing for the people affected by the impacts of the Indian residential school experience.”

The NIB Trust Fund allocates funds in accordance with the 2007 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, which is the largest settlement agreement in Canadian history. The settlement agreement provided compensation to survivors for their experiences at residential school.  Funds are now available to First Nation and Métis individuals, governments and organizations through a competitive application process.

“The support provided by the NIB Trust Fund is a direct result of the dedicated efforts of residential school survivors, First Nations leaders and all parties to the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement and I am proud to be part of continuing its reconciliatory efforts,” said Mr. Fontaine, NIB Trust Fund Chair. “We thank all of the individuals that submitted applications, and we look forward to additional funding opportunities for many years to come.”

Plans are in place to issue a call later this year for group applications.

The NIB Trust Fund supports education programs provided by educational institutions, cultural centres, organizations, communities and individuals/groups.

For more information please visit www.nibtrust.ca.

For more information please contact:
Nicole Callihoo
NIB Trust Fund Program Director
1-888-268-0520 Ext. 238
ncallihoo@nibtrust.ca

NIB TRUST FUND ANNOUNCES SUCCESSFUL GROUP PROJECTS FOR HEALING AND RECONCILIATION, ENCOURAGES ADDITIONAL APPLICANTS

APPROVED PROPOSALS FOR GROUP PROJECTS SPRING 2016

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 school.  Funds are available to First Nation and Métis individuals, governments and organizations as part of healing and reconciliation efforts.

“On behalf of the trustees that make up the NIB Trust Fund, I am pleased to announce this first round of group funding that will help support healing programs for our peoples and communities,” said NIB Trust Fund Chair Phil Fontaine.  “The support provided by the NIB Trust Fund is a direct result of the dedicated efforts of residential school survivors, First Nation leaders and all parties to the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement and I’m so proud to be part of continuing its reconciliatory efforts.  We thank all those groups, institutions and organizations that submitted proposals, and look forward to additional funding opportunities throughout the year.”

Plans are in place for two more calls for applications to roll out later this year for both individual and group applications.

“We look forward to receiving additional applications to support individual success as well as funding additional programs this year and in the future,” said Fontaine.  “At a time when there is unprecedented attention on the need for reconciliation in this country, this is an important opportunity for survivors, their families and entire communities to reconnect to our languages, cultures and succeed through adequate education and training.”

The NIB Trust Fund supports education programs provided by education institutions, cultural centres, organizations, communities and individuals/groups.

For more information and a full list of group projects currently being funded please see attached or visit www.nibtrust.ca.

For more information please contact:

Nicole Callihoo
NIB Trust Fund Program Director
1-888-268-0520 Ext. 238
ncallihoo@nibtrust.ca