We envision a more inclusive and pluralist Canada where our differences are valued and engaged, and everyone has an equal opportunity to thrive both socially and economically.
We work to promote inclusion and pluralism through media and arts, support for young change leaders and impact investing—specifically addressing discrimination based on ethnicity, race, or religion.
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The Inspirit Foundation is honoured to have Indigenous representation from the Anishinaabe, Cree, Métis, Nisga’a, Dënesułiné and Kwakwak’awakw communities. Inspirit staff and board are also made up of settlers, immigrants, descendants of immigrants, or a combination thereof. Our roots lie in all continents across the world, except Antarctica.
The Inspirit office is located on the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. This territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and Confederacy of the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. We are privileged to support and work with nations and partners across Turtle Island.
Inspirit is a public foundation focused on building a pluralist Canada. We do this by funding media and arts for social change, supporting the leadership of youth in the media and arts sectors, and investing our capital in ways that align with our mission.
We define pluralism as the energetic engagement with diversity, the active seeking of understanding across lines of difference, and a process of nurturing constructive dialogue that contributes to a deep sense of belonging.
We believe equity is the foundation for building a pluralist society. Equity strives to create equal access and outcomes for all. It recognizes equal treatment for everyone does not always yield equal results due to systemic exclusion and discrimination. Equity work challenges unfair systems and practices, and works towards the creation of fair access and outcomes.
We also recognize the rights of Indigenous peoples to determine their own frameworks for equity.
Inspirit is committed to ensuring that principles of equity are integrated into every aspect of our work in ways that will enable us to:
We believe equity is a reiterative process, and with this recognition, we are committed to reflecting on this statement every year to ensure we are advancing equity within our own organization.