“This scholarship is not only helping me reach my educational goal, but also provides one step closer to giving back to my community.”
The mission of the FG Foundation is to provide resourcing that creates meaningful opportunities that improve the quality of life for First Nations and Métis people.
Who do the donations support?
Support for the FG Foundation helps First Nations and Métis people and communities address the impacts from the Indian Residential Schools System and supports beneficiaries to reconnect to culture and language and pursue post-secondary education. Donations can help individual beneficiaries work towards their personal educational goals with financial assistance in the form of bursaries, scholarships, and awards that can help lessen the financial burden faced by many students. Individual beneficiaries are also Residential School Survivors, like Reggie Neeposh.
Tootinaowaziibeeng Treaty Reserve 292
The Tootinaowaziibeeng Treaty Reserve is an Anishinaabe First Nation near Roblin, Manitoba, close to Duck Mountain Provincial Forest, making it the perfect place for hikers and those seeking a connection with the land. Over the summer of 2022, the Tootinaowaziibeeng Treaty Reserve hosted the project “TTR Youth Training Camp” with the help of funding from the FG Foundation. The project trained 17 youths to become registered hunting and backcountry guides. The program sought knowledge from Elders and traditional on-the-land teachings to guide the curriculum. Participants were given the opportunity to partake in the Manitoba Hunting Safety Course, wilderness safety, survival training, wildlife awareness, predator safety training, and on-the-land training.
Edward Martin is an Intergenerational Survivor from Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation who, with the help of an FG Foundation scholarship, is currently studying to receive his Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Victoria. Edward has had a challenging road to his success but is excited to walk across the graduation stage in fall of 2023, and says he is grateful for the support of the FG Foundation, his mother and family, his “rockstar” husband, his professors, and Listuguj First Nation.
City of Saskatoon
The Saskatoon Survivors Circle (SSC) was founded in 2019 with the principle: “nothing for us, without us” to ensure that, unlike institutions offering similar assistance, the services and activities provided by SSC were not “token or paternalistic.” The SSC is a support network for Residential School Survivors with four main priorities: Cultural Connectedness, Holistic Wellness, First Nations, Métis, and Non-Indigenous Inclusion, and Systemic Change. With the continued support of the FG Foundation, and the hard work of volunteers and Survivors, the SSC has forged lasting cultural connections with their network through traditional craft, ceremony and technology and has become an organized, dynamic support group for its members in the city of Saskatoon.
Waseskun Healing Centre
The Waseskun Healing Centre is a non-profit, Indigenous-led organization focused on the healing of incarcerated Indigenous men and their successful re-entry into their communities. Last year, a grant from the FG Foundation helped Waseskun Healing Centre and The Barbara Monture Malloch Education Resource Centre (BMMERC) offer courses in operating power tools and light construction equipment, as well as preparatory classes for the high school equivalency test (GED). The program also supported a new library, including computer equipment, empowering residents to improve their career prospects. Read more about the BMMERC here.
Mary Duncan School (Kelsey School District)
The Mary Duncan School in Manitoba founded its seasonal land-based learning program in Sept. 2021 in an effort to decolonize public school education. The “Reclaiming Indigenous Knowledge in Public Schools” program, supported by the FG Foundation, was a six-month endeavor to introduce traditional Northern Cree and Metis teachings to students from grades 7 to 12. Young people had the opportunity to earn high school credits while learning in First Nations, Metis and Inuit studies. Activities include drumming, beading, and ribbon skirt making workshops, and taking part in other land-based activities.
Your support for the FG Foundation directly benefits our beneficiaries and contributes to the development of stronger First Nations and Métis individuals and communities.