2019 Grants

Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE) – Annual Gala
Toronto, Ontario
Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE) is a national Indigenous youth-led organization empowering youth to shape the future of truth and reconciliation in this country.

Democracy XChange – Youth Delegate Bursaries
Toronto, Ontario
This grant supports the participation of six changemakers at the inaugural DemocracyXChange, a summit for Canada’s emerging democracy sector to connect, learn, and share. The summit was founded by the Open Democracy Project and the Ryerson Leadership Lab.

Discourse Media – Who Sets the Agenda?/ Independent News Challenge (Trustee: C4C Canada)
The Discourse is a digital news media company based in Vancouver, British Columbia with a focus on community-powered journalism within underserved communities. For  Who Sets the Agenda?  The Discourse  will  train and embed engagement journalists in geographic communities that highlight perspectives currently underrepresented in legacy media.  The second initiative, The  Independent News Challenge is a nine-week incubator program to help journalist entrepreneurs and small publishers grow and broaden the diversity of the media landscape in Canada.

Drawing Wisdom/Cool  World Media – HIV: Healing Inner Voices Impact Campaign Development
Vancouver, British Columbia
The film HIV: Healing Inner Voices explores the realities of living with HIV for eight Indigenous people who come from many Nations, but all currently find themselves living in metro Vancouver. The film team will develop a social impact campaign aimed at countering stigma around HIV within Indigenous communities.

Femmes Noires Musulmanes au Québec (FNMQ) – Video Campaign (Trustee:  Femmes du monde à Côte-des-Neiges)
Montreal, Québec
Femmes Noires Musulmanes au Québec (FNMQ) is a diverse group of Black Muslim women in Quebec. This project will create a series of short videos and podcasts exploring the experiences of diverse Muslim women; the video series will be used to open conversations and develop partner networks in the province.

Indspire - Youth Bursary
Calgary, Alberta
Indspire is a national Indigenous organization that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada.

Indigenous150+ Youth Ambassador  Training  Program (INYAP) (Trustee: Canada World Youth)
Indigenous150+ Youth Ambassador  Training  Program (INYAP) is an initiative launched in partnership with Good Influence Films. This ten-week pilot program is developed and delivered by Indigenous educators and mentors to train 24 Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth (ages 18-28) across Canada in cross-cultural competencies and podcast production skills. It will be delivered on a virtual platform allowing youth from diverse regions of Canada to participate.

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto 2020 (Trustee: Harbourfront Centre)
Toronto, Ontario
Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto (IFWTO) is a four-day arts and culture festival presenting a curated program of textiles, craft, design, and fashion by Canadian and international Indigenous artists and designers. The festival explores deep connections between mainstream fashion, Indigenous art, and traditional practice through presentation for broad audiences and industries.

LUMINOUS Fest 2029 (Trustee: Children’s Peace Theatre)
Toronto, Ontario
LUMINOUS Fest is Canada’s first-ever Black Muslim multi-disciplinary arts festival, attracting more than 500 community members. This family-friendly event features musical and spoken word performances, arts-based workshops, live painting, vendors, and more. LUMINOUS will include a 12-part multi-disciplinary futurism-based, arts-based workshop, leadership, and mentorship series – LUMINOUS Futures that will connect emerging and established artists in an exchange to provide arts-based learning to explore identity and capacity as Black Muslim creatives.

nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up – Opening Night of the Hot Docs Film Festival
Toronto, Ontario
nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up follows the family of the late Colten Boushie, a young Cree man fatally shot in a Saskatchewan farmyard and highlights their fight for justice. The film opened at the Hot Docs Film Festival; Inspirit’s grant supported the family members to attend the world premiere.

nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up  - Social Impact Campaign
This grant supported the development of a social impact campaign for nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up. The campaign aims at raising awareness, education, and reform of anti-Indigenous discrimination within the Canadian justice system, with a specific focus on Saskatchewan.

Raven Institute - RavenSPEAK Mastery
Vancouver, British Columbia
RavenSPEAK focuses on training Indigenous leaders and storytellers to be visible, masterful, and connected. These speakers are amplified through a showcase event, and an Indigenous Speakers Hub.

Reclaiming Our Roots: Land Based Learning for Urban Indigenous Youth (Trustee: Heartwood Centre for Community Youth Development)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reclaiming Our Roots aims to reconnect urban Indigenous youth with meaningful land based knowledge rooted in Mi’kmaw values. Through mentorship and workshops, youth embark on a journey of decolonization by reclaiming their confidence in traditional skills.

Reelworld Film Festival – Changing the Narrative: 2020 Status of Canadian Black, Indigenous and People of Colour in Canada’s Screen-based Production Sector
Toronto, Ontario
Changing the Narrative: 2020 Status of Canadian Black, Indigenous  and People of Colour in Canada’s Screen-based Production Sector  is a study spearheaded by the Reelworld Film Festival. The study aims to benchmark the access to funding and levels of employment of racialized minority Canadians within the independent screen-based production sector. It will support the development of industry targets, and creation of a professional database of professionals for use by the industry to facilitate greater access for racialized Canadians.

Regent Park Film Festival 2019 – Life Without Basketball Screening
Toronto, Ontario
Regent Park Film Festival will host a screening and workshop centred on the film Life Without Basketball, a documentary about Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, a young Muslim woman who was barred from advancing in her basketball career due to a controversial rule banning the hijab. The event includes a talkback and workshop with the film’s protagonist, Bilqis.

Shareholder Association for Research & Education (SHARE)/National Aboriginal Trust Officers Association (NATOA) – Reconciliation and Responsible Investment Initiative (RRII), Year 2 (Trustee: Columbia Institute)
Vancouver, British Columbia
The Reconciliation and Responsible Investment Initiative (RRII)  is a partnership between  National Aboriginal Trust Officers Association (NATOA) and  Shareholder Association for Research & Education (SHARE). SHARE and NATOA will conduct workshops, webinars, and conferences for Indigenous trust officers and mainstream institutional investors, coordinate a leadership cohort of trust officers, and develop guidance, policy and metrics for investors on reconciliation objectives.

Silk Road Institute – Spun Production (Trustee: The Canadian Muslim Vote)
Montréal, Quebec
Spun, a production of Silk Road, is the story of Safa and Aisha, best friends from working-class British Pakistani families in England. Against the backdrop of a terrorist attack, political and social identities are challenged, and the friendship strained, as each struggles to define what it means to be Muslim in a post-9/11 world.

Story Money Impact (SMI) Film Society – Good Pitch Vancouver: Second Edition (GPV2)
Vancouver, British Columbia
SMI Film Society will produce Good Pitch Vancouver – Second Edition (GPV2). GPV2 brings together documentary filmmakers with foundations, NGOs, campaigners, philanthropists, policymakers, brands, and media around leading social and environmental issues to forge coalitions and campaigns that are good for all the partners, films and society.

The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada (The Circle) -  Art of Hosting Training (Participant Bursaries)
Manitoulin, Ontario
The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada (The Circle) contributes to positive change between philanthropy and Indigenous communities through learning, innovation, relationship-building, co-creation, and activation. This grant will provide bursaries for young people to attend the Circle’s Art of Hosting Training in Manitoulin, Ontario. The training emphasizes participatory practices and collaborative skills to advance work on social issues.

The Mamawi Project – Zine (Trustee: Central Urban Métis Federation Inc. (CUMFI)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
The Mamawi Project is a collective of young Métis people who will produce a zine that explores the concept of kiyokêwin (visiting) from the perspective of Métis youth through art and writing. Through digital storytelling, in-person gatherings, and virtual dialogue, they hope to push the community to think critically and take action on building a stronger Métis Nation.

The Mosque: A Community’s Struggle/La Mosquée: Une communauté menacée
Montreal, Quebec
The Mosque: A Community’s Struggle/La Mosquée: Une communauté menacée is a documentary that focuses on the aftermath of the Québec City massacre in 2017. The film portrays the local community’s response to the devastating attack that took the lives of six of its members. Loaded Pictures will run a social impact campaign aimed at generating awareness and dialogue around Islamophobia within Québec by hosting community and theatrical screenings, and the development of discussion guides.

The Mosquers Film Festival 2019 (Trustee: Islamic Family and Social Services Association)
Edmonton, Alberta
The Mosquers is an Edmonton-based film festival that educates, entertains, and builds bridges by showcasing the talent and diversity of the Muslim experience. Year after year, the festival pursues new ways to introduce Muslims and non-Muslims to original and authentic storytelling.

We Matter Youth Ambassador Screenings – The Grizzlies
Hay River, Northwest Territories
We Matter’s Youth Ambassadors will host screenings of  The Grizzlies in their communities to raise awareness about Indigenous youth support, hope, and life promotion. The film is an inspiring story of Inuit youth in a small community who gain a powerful sense of pride through lacrosse.

Yellowhead Institute – Land Back: Tools for Change (Trustee: Ryerson University)
Toronto, Ontario
Founded in 2018, the Yellowhead Institute is the first Indigenous-led policy think tank in Canada. Yellowhead will create and disseminate editorial-style content and additional arts and media-based knowledge mobilization tools for Land Back Red Paper. The report examines the current status of land dispossession and how it affects Indigenous communities in Canada.

Young Women’s Leadership Network Event – Framing Our Future: Challenging Islamophobia
Toronto, Ontario
The Young Women’s Leadership Network is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering young women’s civic and political leadership at all levels. The group takes an anti-oppressive, trans-inclusive feminist approach to identifying issues and bridging the gaps in support networks and services for young women leaders. The event, Framing Our Future: Challenging Islamophobia, will challenge Islamophobia by celebrating Muslim women in leadership.