Message from Our Director
Native Child and Family Services of Toronto has long recognized the need to create new and better relationships with private philanthropy, foundations, corporate and individual donors who might want to help us in our work with the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children in Toronto. Although our Indigenous families have tremendous needs, these needs have not been well understood or widely recognized when considered in the light of charitable giving. Just 3% of philanthropic support has gone to the Indigenous organizations across Canada. While some charities do raise funds none prioritize Indigenous children, even though they are dramatically over-represented in all of these areas of concern.
In 2018-2019 NCFST created the Indigenous Spirit Fund. In the words of Cree Elder, Andrew Wesley, who taught us to aspire to something great, the Fund’s vision is of:
“A world where all Indigenous children, youth and their families experience purpose, peace, joy and love.”
And so the Fund offers an opportunity to Canada’s philanthropic sector, and Indigenous children, families and organizations to build new relationships that are of mutual benefit. The fund works within the context of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls To Action and uses the Touchstones of Hope Reconciliation process which emphasize Truth Telling, Acknowledging, Restoring, and Relating and serve as the guideposts for our work. The Fund is an opportunity for the creation of a simple pathway for philanthropists to support those Indigenous families who need help the most. Through the Indigenous Spirit Fund, that support will go to help the most vulnerable of all — children.
In return, donors will find, by helping us to nurture their spirit, in return they will have nurtured their own.