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Edward Martin

Edward Martin is an Intergenerational Survivor from Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation who, with the help of an NIB Trust Fund 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 NIB Trust Fund, his mother and family, his “rockstar” husband, his professors, and Listuguj First Nation.


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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 NIB Trust Fund, 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.


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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 NIB Trust Fund 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.


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A group of young people wearing outdoor clothing gathers around a butcher's table to defeather a recently killed duck to make soup.

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 NIB Trust Fund, 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.


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Joy O’Brien

Joy O’Brien is a residential school survivor who, with the support of the NIB Trust Fund and her family is gaining the traditional knowledge of moose hide tanning. Joy is not only a survivor, but also an intergenerational survivor whose goal is to bring hide tanning skills back into her family line and pass along the knowledge to her children and grandchildren.


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Membertou Heritage Park

The Community of Membertou and its Elders recognize the importance of sharing culture and history with all people and believe that this sharing and celebration must come from the community itself. With support from the NIB Trust Fund, the Membertou Heritage Park launched the Kun'tewiktuk: A Celebration of Mi'kmaq Art, Music, and Culture program, an arts program that fosters the growth of the next generation of Mi’kmaw artists.


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Taylor Day

The scholarships Taylor received from the NIBTF have helped with tuition and eased the stress of the transition from home to university. With the help of the NIB Trust Fund, Taylor was able to stress less about finances and focus more on her studies to reach her goals.


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Smith’s Landing First Nation

To foster community and personal development, the Journey to my Best Self program focuses on healing and reconciliation for the people in the Akaitcho region, specifically for the Smith's Landing First Nation, Salt River First Nation, and the Northwest Territories Métis membership.


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The Peguis Foundation Inc.

The Peguis Foundation Inc. Spirit and the Land Excursion Camp brought 116 youth out on the land to experience culture, music, arts, and land-based learning through eight different day camps. The planning team was committed to get youth outside and on the land during different seasons, even under the pandemic conditions. Each camp day started with a ceremony lead by community Elders and each had a different focus.


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Seed Change

The Kenhtè:ke Seed Sanctuary & Learning Centre (KSSLC), located in Tyendinaga is home to a 40-year-old living collection of almost 300 seed varieties. The support of the NIB Trust Fund has allowed Kenhtè:ke Seed Sanctuary to share this knowledge of food and seed sovereignty with the next generations and previous ones’ too. The gardener on-site at the KSSLC is teaching youth assistants and volunteers how to maintain the seed collection, the practice of seed saving, sorting, packaging, labelling, storage, best practices, traditional gardening techniques, what it means to grow on a rotating schedule, and sharing seeds within the collective. The lessons shared while out on the land.  


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