Join Ulnooweg Indigenous Communities Foundation for its first Forward. Together. Connecting Philanthropy with Indigenous Communities gathering as we work side by side to strengthen relationships, understanding, and collaboration between philanthropy and Indigenous communities. The gathering will be held in Fredericton, NB from October 17-19, 2023.

 To build these stronger connections, growth is required.  In our Indigenous communities, we need to build capacity and increased understanding of philanthropy and how to access it.  To connect in meaningful ways with Indigenous communities, the philanthropic sector needs to have an understanding of Indigenous philanthropy, Indigenous ways, and impactful ways to engage.

 The importance of building capacity and increasing our understanding cannot be understated. This gathering will serve as a catalyst for further conversations, will create new connections and will begin to help us think differently as we move toward the transformations needed so that Indigenous communities and the philanthropic sector can form strong, impactful and effective partnerships….moving Forward.Together.

What to Expect

This event will provide attendees with a chance to:

  • Engage with insightful speakers and informative panel discussions.
  • Explore Indigenous philanthropy, relationship building, and effective engagement.
  • Build capacity and understanding on how to effectively access philanthropy within Indigenous communities.
  • Network with like-minded individuals from both philanthropic and Indigenous organizations and communities.
  • Discover the transformative potential of such collaborations.

Who Should Attend

  • Philanthropic organizations seeking to understand and engage with Indigenous communities.
  • Indigenous communities and organizations interested in building capacity and navigating the realm of philanthropy.
  • Individuals and organizations committed to fostering relationships and creating meaningful societal impact.

DAY ONE: The Foundation – A Day of Learning and Insight

Embark on our gathering with a transformative dive into Canada’s philanthropic intricacies. An Educational Workshop will provide an overview of philanthropy in Canada by charity lawyer Richard Bridge. 

Day one will culminate in an engaging Evening Reception featuring a Keynote Speaker who will offer valuable insights into the dynamics of collaborative partnerships and the intersections of community and philanthropic endeavors.

DAY TWO: The Exchange – A Day of Dialogue and Discovery

As we progress, the stage is set for Working Sessions that navigate the profound connection between Indigenous communities and philanthropy. Our journey will explore topics based on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. Guided Talking Circles will offer space for dialogue and story exchanges. 

The day climaxes with our Gala Dinner, a harmonious blend of recognition and celebration, punctuated by captivating performances from local Indigenous artists.

DAY THREE: The Synthesis – A Day of Reflection and Conclusions

On this final day, we will gather for a Reflection Circle to distill the wisdom and insights from our shared journey over the previous days. Influential leaders from the field of Indigenous Philanthropy will guide our collective reflection, leading a lively discussion on:

“How do we strengthen connections between the philanthropic world and the Indigenous world?”

Our goal is to equip participants with a wealth of practical knowledge that can be applied both professionally and personally as a result of this important discussion.


Session 1: Language 

The Urgency of Funding Indigenous People’s Language Revitalization
Discover the critical need for supporting Indigenous languages, many of which are nearing extinction. Explore how philanthropy can play a pivotal role in this crisis.

Session 2: Youth 

How Can Philanthropy Best Engage With and Support Indigenous Youth?

Uncover the potential and challenges of the burgeoning Indigenous youth demographic in Canada. Learn how targeted philanthropy can turn aspirations into real-world change.

Session 3: Education 

Closing the Education Gap: Barriers and Breakthroughs for Indigenous Youth
Explore the deep-seated challenges in education faced by Indigenous youth and the collaborative steps being taken to bridge the disparity. Dive into transformative efforts that are bringing change.

Session 4: Arts

Bridging Worlds Through Art: Indigenous Artistry as Catalysts for Change
Experience the profound intertwining of Indigenous identity, culture, and artistic expression. Understand how art forms a bridge between worlds, fostering reconciliation and understanding.

Closing Session: Strengthening Ties

Nurturing Synergies: Fostering Deep Connections Between Philanthropy and Indigenous Communities

Despite Indigenous communities representing nearly 5% of Canada’s population, they receive a mere fraction of the philanthropic funding. Join the dialogue on closing this gap and fostering meaningful, impactful collaborations.



Location & Date:
Fredericton Convention Centre, Fredericton, New Brunswick
Oct 17 – 19, 2023

Join us for this groundbreaking event.



Please send an email request to [email protected] if you wish to attend.


Contact Us:

For more information or questions, please contact us at [email protected]