The mission of the NIB Trust Fund is to provide resourcing that creates meaningful opportunities that improve the quality of life for First Nations and Métis people.
Support for the NIB Trust Fund helps First Nations and Métis people and communities address the impacts from the Indian Residential Schools System and supports beneficiaries to reconnect to culture and language and pursue post-secondary education. Donations can help individual beneficiaries work towards their personal educational goals with financial assistance in the form of bursaries, scholarships, and awards that can help lessen the financial burden faced by many students. Individual beneficiaries are also Residential School Survivors, like Reggie Neeposh.
The Mary Duncan School in Manitoba founded its seasonal land-based learning program in Sept. 2021 in an effort to decolonize public school education. The “Reclaiming Indigenous Knowledge in Public Schools” program, supported by the NIB Trust Fund, was a six-month endeavor to introduce traditional Northern Cree and Metis teachings to students from grades 7 to 12. Young people had the opportunity to earn high school credits while learning in First Nations, Metis and Inuit studies. Activities include drumming, beading, and ribbon skirt making workshops, and taking part in other land-based activities.
Joy O’Brien is a residential school survivor who, with the support of the NIB Trust Fund and her family is gaining the traditional knowledge of moose hide tanning. Joy is not only a survivor, but also an intergenerational survivor whose goal is to bring hide tanning skills back into her family line and pass along the knowledge to her children and grandchildren.
The Community of Membertou and its Elders recognize the importance of sharing culture and history with all people and believe that this sharing and celebration must come from the community itself. With support from the NIB Trust Fund, the Membertou Heritage Park launched the Kun'tewiktuk: A Celebration of Mi'kmaq Art, Music, and Culture program, an arts program that fosters the growth of the next generation of Mi’kmaw artists.
To foster community and personal development, the Journey to my Best Self program focuses on healing and reconciliation for the people in the Akaitcho region, specifically for the Smith's Landing First Nation, Salt River First Nation, and the Northwest Territories Métis membership.
Your support for the NIB Trust Fund directly supports our beneficiaries and help invest in building stronger First Nations and Métis people and communities.