Fostering Collaborations

Putting our strategic plan into action for creating an inclusive society requires co-creation, and collaborative and respectful relationships.

As such, we invest time, money and resources towards two types of initiatives: change leader collaborations and foundation collaborations. We endeavour to bring together change leaders, organizations and influencers across different backgrounds and expertise to share ideas and develop systems based solutions for building inclusion. At the same time, we continuously seek out opportunities to collaborate with like-minded partners across the sector.

Change Leader Collaborations

Dawanet and the Broadbent Institute (2017)
This collaboration created an opportunity for a delegation of Muslim change leaders to participate in the Progress Summit in Ottawa in April 2017. The young Muslim leaders identified this opportunity as a space they could gain skills, deepen relationships, and create connections to enhance their practice.
This is Worldtown (2017)
This event centralized the experiences and perspectives of four racialized, women Muslim media-makers in an exploration of what an inclusive media space looks like in the era of Trump.
Story Money Impact (2015-present)
In collaboration with Media that Matters, this initiative creates space for emerging media-makers and change leaders to participate in Story Money Impact, an annual critical workshop for social issues media producers, mission-driven funders, and highly motivated activists who want to ensure their work makes a measurable social impact.
Mushkegowuk Youth Walk of Hope (2016)
This initiative supported The Mushkegowuk Youth Walkers to walk to Niagara Falls, Ontario to deliver a message of hope for a healthy community and healthier lives to call all First Nations leadership and governments to action.

Foundation Collaborations

Investing in Reconciliation (2016-present)
Led by the Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE), this initiative brings together a group of Canadian foundations to advocate for robust policies and practices that reflect the TRC's call to action for Business and Reconciliation, which recommends adopting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and reflecting Aboriginal perspectives and guidance.
Philanthropic Community's Declaration of Action (2015-present)
Working alongside Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders, we co-produced this call to action for the philanthropic sector to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) recommendations. Over 75 philanthropic organizations across Canada have signed the declaration and the collaboration has earned support of the Governor General's office and the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
Ontario Indigenous Youth Partnership Project 2015-current
OIYPP is a unique funding platform designed by Indigenous youth in partnership with those interested in supporting them (including The Circle on Philanthropy and Indigenous People, Tides Canada, Inspirit Foundation and other funders). To date, the project has supported over 25 Indigenous youth to create positive change in their communities with critical funding, connections, and knowledge sharing opportunities.
4Rs Youth Movement (2014-present)
This youth-driven initiative aims to transform the country by creating brave spaces to raise awareness and change the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people. Since its conception, it's been supported by Inspirit Foundation and 13 other national organizations. 4Rs is now a nationally-recognized leader in youth-driven reconciliation, engaging a growing network of Indigenous and other young people from coast to coast to coast.