…..is to help First Nations, Métis people and communities address the impacts of the Indian residential schools’ system and to support healing.

The NIB Trust Fund Announces 2021-2022 Call for Applications from Groups/Organizations is Now Open

The NIB Trust Fund launched the 2021-2022 Call for Applications from Groups/Organizations for programs aimed at education, healing and reconciliation, training certification, and cultural and traditional knowledge building.

The NIB Trust Fund Announces New Executive Director To Help Lead Trust Fund Into New Era And Support More First Nations And Métis Beneficiaries

Naomi Racette was recently named Executive Director of the NIB Trust Fund, effective June 1, 2020, after and extensive national search.

NIB Trust Fund Celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day

The NIB Trust Fund is celebrating with 100% Indigenous staff on this Indigenous Peoples Day. We encourage you to celebrate our vibrance, resilience, and the connection to Turtle Island and all its relations! - Naomi Racette Executive Director of NIBTF.

The NIB Trust Fund Announces the 2020-2021 Successful Groups and Organizations for Programs aimed at Healing and Reconciliation

The NIB Trust Fund Board of Trustees approved approximately $8.04 million in funding to 101 groups and organizations that will implement education, cultural and healing programs to First Nations and Métis across Canada.

Continuing our Journey

NIB Trust Fund provides resources to create opportunities that improve the quality of life for First Nations and Métis in Canada. These are some of our stories.

Sisters Strengthening Sisters was created to empower Indigenous women and girls in the Saskatoon area and help to build a community of strong, resilient Indigenous sisters. The Saskatoon Indian and Métis Friendship Centre created Sisters Strengthening Sisters with the intent to reduce the barriers typically faced by Indigenous women and girls wishing to access programming. The programming consists of a variety of workshops, activities, outings, and opportunities that help build confidence and a sense of self-identity within participants.

Sisters Strengthening Sisters

As a young girl, Charlotte loved to learn and made a commitment to herself to keep her language and culture alive while also attaining the highest level of education she could without losing her self-identity. Charlotte is an intergenerational survivor and currently pursuing her PhD in Indigenous Language Revitalization at the University of Alberta.

Charlotte Ross

Danita Lewis is an intergenerational survivor pursuing her Masters of Indigenous Language Revitalization at the University of Victoria. When moving away from her home community to pursue higher education, Danita had to make the tough decision to take unpaid leave from work and significantly decrease her income. With help from the NIB Trust Fund, Danita was able to relieve some of the financial stress and focus her time and energy on attaining her education goals. This program offered Danita the opportunity to revive Indigenous language, culture, traditions, and education for herself and share what she has learned with future generations. Danita has learned skills and tools that she will carry with her throughout her life.

Danita Lewis

As an Indian Residential School Survivor, Reggie has always had the goal of relearning his traditional Cree way of life and reconnecting to the land his late father once survived on. The NIB Trust Fund helped Reggie return to his home territory and learn traditional land-based skills like hunting, fishing, and trapping.

Reggie Neeposh
Paqtnkek Community Radio Project

In Nova Scotia, the Mi’kmaw Nation in the community of Paqtnkek were looking for a hub to share important news, community updates, and discussions for what needed to be shared for their members. The community is populated with less than 600 members including a few musicians, change-makers, and elders; and that’s how the Paqtnkek Community Radio Project was created.

Paqtnkek Community Radio Project

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