Casting our
net wider

Our inaugural campaign

The $40 million Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation Inaugural Fundraising Campaign is an opportunity to invest in programs to help secure a bright future for Cree children and youth, and foster healthy, strong, prosperous Cree communities in Eeyou Istchee. The “Casting Our Net Wider” campaign heralds a new era of philanthropic development for Eeyou Istchee.

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About this Campaign

The Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation will grow in strength and impact as we raise and distribute donations across important, high-priority projects and initiatives. The money raised from this campaign will allow us to create endowed funds with healthy income streams from interest revenue accrued by the careful stewardship of donations.

We have launched this campaign because the needs are great and the issues facing the communities of Eeyou Istchee are pressing. All of the organizational, leadership, administrative, and legal frameworks are in place, and it is now time to connect with potential investors.

“Casting Our Net Wider” invites the participation of individuals and organizations who want to demonstrate their strategic philanthropy and their desire to be part of the healing and positive change that will come from this landmark campaign.  

“Our future as a nation will be built on sound, strategic, and heartfelt partnerships that fuel our community development and the development of our people. The Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation is an important catalyst for action.”

Grand Chief Dr. Abel Bosum
chairman, cree nation government

The Power of Philanthropy

Across Quebec and Canada, hospitals, schools, and cultural institutions benefit from a tradition of philanthropic support from businesses, foundations, and individuals. Philanthropy is also essential to build much-needed social projects and services for the Cree communities.

The Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation offers corporate partners, friends and philanthropists a way to invest in vibrant communities and in the future of Cree families, youth, and children. Investors in the Foundation will help to close the opportunity gap between the communities of Eeyou Istchee and the rest of Canada, and will have a profound impact on the reconciliation process. 

This inaugural campaign offers unique flexibility and the ability for our investors to realize their personal or organizational philanthropic objectives in complete confidence of sound stewardship and measurable outcomes.

Tina Petawabano, President, Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation

Our Campaign Cabinet

The volunteer leadership team for the $40 million “Casting Our Net Wider” campaign comprises strong, visionary representatives of corporate Canada, Cree Nation governance, and the Cree agencies that will deliver the vital programs made possible by this campaign.  

Co-Chairs

Dr. Abel Bosum

Grand Chief

Grand Council of the Crees
(Eeyou Istchee) Chairman,
Cree Nation Government

Tina Petawabano

President

Eenou-Eeyou CommunityFoundation

Jean St-Gelais

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Beneva Inc.

Patrons

Dr. Ted Moses, O.Q.

President

Secretariat to the Cree Nation
Abitibi-Temiscamingue Economic Alliance

From the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People to our own Truth and Reconciliation Commission findings, it is eminently clear that it is time for concrete action. An investment in the work of this Foundation contributes to Reconciliation, and is an example of true leadership.

Jean St-Gelais, Chairman of the Board of Directors,  beneva Inc.

Campaign Investment Opportunities

The Eeyou-Eenou Community Foundation has established six funds which address urgent issues all across Eeyou Istchee. 

Please click on the name of a fund to learn more

1. Cree Fund for Youth Development

Cree kids and youth need constant stimulation and access to technology as they explore and push the boundaries. This fund will increase opportunities for young people, helping them to develop self-esteem, pride, and strong values through innovative programming.

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Sophie Happyjack-Bosum Memorial Fund

The family of the late Sophie Happyjack-Bosum has established a fund in her memory at the Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation.

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Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute launches its new interactive web site

Congratulations to Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute on the launch of its wonderful new interactive web site.

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Grant to support Robin’s Nest women’s shelters

The Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation is very pleased to announce a grant to support the Robin’s Nest women’s shelters in response to COVID-19.

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Help Us Cast our Net Wider

The Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation heralds a new chapter in the unfolding story of the Crees of Eeyou Istchee. The Foundation will fuel the network of Cree philanthropic entities and organizations, stimulating the flow of new ideas, concepts, and projects aimed at community development and transformation. The Foundation will engage and inspire, helping to transform life in our communities through better education, health care, housing, prosperity and hope.

We invite you to be part of the “Casting Our Net Wider” inaugural campaign. Donors can choose from funds that align with personal or organizational priorities, or make undesignated donations to the Foundation to be used where the needs are most urgent. Your participation is a concrete way to invest in the reconciliation process and help us build critical social and economic partnerships to ensure a strong and vibrant future for the Crees of Eeyou Istchee.

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Sophie Happyjack-Bosum

February 28, 2022

Sophie Happyjack-Bosum Memorial Fund

Sophie Happyjack-Bosum Memorial Fund

The family of the late Sophie Happyjack-Bosum has established a fund in her memory at the Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation.

The family of the late Sophie Happyjack-Bosum has established a fund in her memory at the Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation. Sophie was a firm believer and a great promoter of investing in Eeyou children, youth, and community, and her life is a testament to how she invested in her own children, family and community.

Donations to the Sophie Happyjack-Bosum Memorial Fund will be used to fund education and community projects in the Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee.

Donations can be made to the Sophie Happyjack-Bosum Memorial Fund by visiting the Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation page at Canada Helps.

Donations can also be made by cheque to the Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation with the mention In Memory of Sophie Happyjack-Bosum, at this address:

Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation
205 Opemiska Meskino
P.O. Box 1168
Ouje-Bougoumou, Québec
G0W 3C0

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December 15, 2021

Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute launches its new interactive web site

Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute launches its new interactive web site

Congratulations to Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute on the launch of its wonderful new interactive web site.

Congratulations to Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute on the launch of its wonderful new interactive web site. Thank you to Mastercard Foundation for its generous support to the project. The Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation was delighted to partner with Mastercard Foundation and Aanischaaukamikw in this remarkable new site.

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December 7, 2021

Grant to support Robin’s Nest women’s shelters

Grant to support Robin’s Nest women’s shelters

The Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation is very pleased to announce a grant to support the Robin’s Nest women’s shelters in response to COVID-19.

The Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation is very pleased to announce a grant to support the Robin’s Nest women’s shelters in response to COVID-19. The funds were provided by the MakeWay Foundation through the generosity of Dragonfly Ventures

Thank you to MakeWay and Dragonfly for their support of charitable projects in the Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee.

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