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.
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.
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.
Kira studies Social Sciences and Criminology at the University of Toronto and is an intergenerational survivor whose studies surround identifying the systemic flaws in the Canadian Justice System. Her education and background are what has made Kira become passionate about finding solutions to help end the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women crisis.
“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 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.”
“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.”
Your support for the NIB Trust Fund directly supports our beneficiaries and help invest in building stronger First Nations and Métis people and communities.