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

Chair

Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation

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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Figurr Architects Launch Education Fund at Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation

Figurr Architects Collective has launched the Figurr Architects Cree Education Fund in partnership with the Eeyou-Eenou Community Foundation.

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Recognition by Fulbright Canada

The Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation was recently given a Fulbright Canada “Honouring Nations Canada” Indigenous Governance Award for the innovative Teepee Project.

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Willie Iserhoff 1955-2024

The Board members and staff of the Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Willie Iserhoff.

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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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May 31, 2024

Figurr Architects Launch Education Fund at Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation

Figurr Architects Launch Education Fund at Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation

Figurr Architects Collective has launched the Figurr Architects Cree Education Fund in partnership with the Eeyou-Eenou Community Foundation.

Figurr Architects Collective has launched the Figurr Architects Cree Education Fund in partnership with the Eeyou-Eenou Community Foundation. This fund establishes opportunities for educational success and empowerment of Indigenous youth in the Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee. It provides financial assistance for resources and programs that will enable youth to pursue their academic and career goals and is aligned with the priorities put forward by Cree stakeholders.

Figurr Senior Partner Stephen Rotman explains: “The Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee is growing exponentially. This new education fund – launched in honour of Figurr’s 35th anniversary – marks a milestone for the Figurr team and is a testament to the trust and support we have established with the Cree communities in Northern Quebec over the last 10 years. We are deeply grateful for these relationships and are committed to furthering our shared goals. We believe that the Figurr Architects Cree Education Fund will encourage the development of innovative ideas that help Cree youth pursue careers that respond become the architects of resilient, thriving communities.”

During National Indigenous History Month in June, Figurr Architects Collective will match all donations, up to a total of $3,500!

How to Donate

Donate by credit card on line by clicking on the Donate button on the Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation web site or by cheque payable to the Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation and indicate “Figurr Architects Cree Education Fund” in the memo line. All donations will receive a charitable tax receipt.  

Mail cheques to:
Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation
700 de La Gauchetière West, Suite 1600
Montréal, Québec H3B 5M2

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EECF Chair Dr. Sarah Pash presents the Teepee Project at the Fulbright “Honouring Nations Canada” event in Ottawa.

May 28, 2024

Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation Receives Recognition by Fulbright Canada

Recognition by Fulbright Canada

The Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation was recently given a Fulbright Canada “Honouring Nations Canada” Indigenous Governance Award for the innovative Teepee Project.

The Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation was recently given a Fulbright Canada “Honouring Nations Canada” Indigenous Governance Award for the innovative Teepee Project.

A collaboration of the Cree Health Board and the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake, the Teepee Project provides unique healing and support for over one hundred Elders and other Cree patients in medical care in Montreal area every month through visits to the site.

Volunteers prepare and share traditional foods not available in southern health care facilities and facilitate cultural traditions on site in Kahnawake.

“The Honouring Nations Canada Indigenous Governance Awards Awards recognize exceptional achievement in solutions to Indigenous issues and Indigenous economic development. The Foundation is very proud to have been chosen for this Award from among so many exceptional indigenous honourees from across Canada. We’re thankful to Fulbright, and to our project partners Assurance Beneva, the Cree Health and Social Services Board, and the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake for their vision and support.”

Dr. Sarah Pash
Chair,
Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation

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April 3, 2024

Willie Iserhoff 1955-2024

Willie Iserhoff 1955-2024

The Board members and staff of the Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Willie Iserhoff.

The Board members and staff of the Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Willie Iserhoff.

Willie was a founding and long-time member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Through his role as Director of the Cree Regional Authority Department of Traditional Pursuits, Willie was a central ally in the Foundation’s work to support the development, designing, and construction of the Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute in Oujé-Bougoumou.

Much loved by his colleagues, Willie offered wise counsel delivered with good humour to volunteers, staff, and consultants alike throughout our long association.

We extend our deepest sympathies to Willie’s wife, Annie, and his children, Calvin, Fawn, and Joshua.

Dr. Sarah Pash, Chair

Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation

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