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.

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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Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund

During the COVID-19 crisis, many Eenou and Eeyou living in the James Bay region, and many Elders in particular, are facing serious challenges in terms of their health due to Covid-19 restrictions.

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Power Corporation Gives Generously

The Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation is delighted to announce a generous contribution from Power Corporation to the Foundation’s “Casting Our Net Wider” inaugural fundraising campaign. The gift will be allocated to the Foundation’s Youth Development

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Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation Partners with the Mastercard Foundation

The Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation is pleased to announce that we have partnered with the Mastercard Foundation’s COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program.

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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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Photos: Brendan Forward

November 30, 2020

Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation and the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund Help Provide Healthy Food in Eeyou Istchee During COVID-19

Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund

During the COVID-19 crisis, many Eenou and Eeyou living in the James Bay region, and many Elders in particular, are facing serious challenges in terms of their health due to Covid-19 restrictions.

During the COVID-19 crisis, many Eenou and Eeyou living in the James Bay region, and many Elders in particular, are facing serious challenges in terms of their health due to Covid-19 restrictions. Some are faced with shortages of healthy, traditional food because they are not able to fish, tend to traplines, or to hunt.

Support from the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund has made it possible for the Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation to make special grants for several food sovereignty and food security projects in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Recipients include several Cree entities and communities, including the Cree Trappers Association, which is employing hunters and fishers to provide traditional food to Elders and community members in need. The communities of Wemindji and Whapmagoostui conducted projects with Elders teaching youth regarding traditional Cree fishing practices, with the catches provided to local Elders.

Tina Petawabano, President of the Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation, explains the importance of this initiative:

“In addition to meeting a clear need during this challenging time, these projects reflect very basic principles and traditions of the people of Eeyou Istchee, including the importance of providing our Elders with the kind of foods that are essential to their dietary needs and passing our cultural traditions to our youth.”

For more information about this and other Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation initiatives, please contact Tina Petawabano, Foundation President, at tina.petawabano@cngov.ca

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(L-R) Grand Chief Abel Bosum; Paul Desmarais Jr., Power Corporation

September 3, 2020

Power Corporation Gives Generous Support for Cree Youth Development

Power Corporation Gives Generously

The Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation is delighted to announce a generous contribution from Power Corporation to the Foundation’s “Casting Our Net Wider” inaugural fundraising campaign. The gift will be allocated to the Foundation’s Youth Development

The Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation is delighted to announce a generous contribution from Power Corporation to the Foundation’s “Casting Our Net Wider” inaugural fundraising campaign. The gift will be allocated to the Foundation’s Youth Development Fund. It will be endowed, and the annual proceeds will fund projects for Cree youth.

“We see enormous potential in the young First Nations people of Canada, and we’re delighted to be able to support the Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation as they fund breakthrough projects in this area,” explains Power Corporation Chairman Paul Desmarais Jr.

Grand Chief Abel Bosum, Chair of the Cree Nation Government underscores the unique and special nature of the gift: “By contributing this very special endowment, Power Corporation is demonstrating the trust Canadian businesses and institutions have placed in our Foundation. This kind of philanthropy is certainly fitting of a thoughtful and progressive organization like Power Corporation, and clearly shows their commitment to reconciliation through youth development.”

The Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation’s “Casting Our Net Wider” campaign creates unique philanthropic opportunities to invest in the future of Eeyou Istchee through six funds: education, youth development, housing, community development, health and social services, and culture.


We are delighted that Power Corporation of Canada has placed a profile of the Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation in their community web site.  You can see the profile here.


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June 9, 2020

Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation Partners with the Mastercard Foundation to Support Distance Education for Cree Students in Eeyou Istchee

Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation Partners with the Mastercard Foundation

The Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation is pleased to announce that we have partnered with the Mastercard Foundation’s COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program.

The Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation is pleased to announce that we have partnered with the Mastercard Foundation’s COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program. This $500,000 partnership will support the distance education programs of the Cree School Board and the Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute by providing access to hardware and increased connectivity.

The need for additional connectivity support for these programs has become crucial because of the closing of education facilities in Eeyou Istchee due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cree students are experiencing gaps in internet infrastructure, availability of technology in the home, and access to online learning resources to support learning outside of the classroom.

The support from the Mastercard Foundation will help Cree School Board continuing education students by providing computers and internet access so they can take advantage of distance education opportunities. It will also enable improved access to the virtual museum of the Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute by upgrading its website so students can access the wealth of Cree culture, history, and language programs and resources that the Institute offers online.  

“During this unprecedented period, our young people must not become isolated and disconnected from access to their education. This generous support from the Mastercard Foundation will allow us to give Cree students important tools—a key to learning that will increase their knowledge, and ultimately their chances for success.”

Grand Chief Dr. Abel Bosum, Chair—Cree Nation Government

“This crisis is teaching us how interdependent we are as well as how powerful collective action can be. In particular, it is essential that the education of our young people does not lose momentum. As individuals and as families, we must strive to stay connected to learning through every means available. Collectively, we can be a counterforce to the economic effects of COVID-19, and education is a most powerful tool in this endeavour.”

Reeta Roy, President and CEO—Mastercard Foundation

For more information, please contact:

Tina Petawabano, President
Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation
tina.petawabano@cngov.ca

(514) 209-9117

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