The $40 million Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation Inaugural Fundraising Campaign is an opportunity to invest in programs that will secure a strong future for Cree children and youth, and in the development of healthy, strong and prosperous Cree communities in Eeyou Istchee. The “Casting Our Net Wider” campaign heralds a new era of philanthropic development for Eeyou Istchee.
The Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation will grow in strenth and impact as we raise and distribute donations across important and impactful projects and initiatives. The money raised from this campaign will allow us to begin creating a healthy income stream from interest revenue accrued by the careful stewardship of donations.
We’re springing into action and conducting this campaign because the needs are great and the issues facing the communities of Eeyou Istchee are pressing ones. All of the organizational, leadership, administrative, and legal frameworks have been set into place, and it is now time to connect with potential investors.
“Casting Our Net Wider” reaches out to individuals and organizations who want to be recognized for their strategic philanthropy and their desire to be part of the healing and positive change that will come from the Foundation’s activities.
Grand Chief Dr. Abel Bosum
chairman, cree nation government
Across Quebec and Canada, hospitals, schools, and cultural institutions benefit from a tradition of philanthropic support from businesses, foundations, and individuals. Cree communities should have the same opportunities.
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.”
Tina Petawabano, President, Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation
The volunteer leadership team for the $40 million “Casting Our Net Wider” campaign is composed of strong and visionary representatives of corporate Canada, Cree Nation governance, and the Cree entities which will be deeply involved in delivering the programs made possible by this initiative.
Dr. Abel Bosum
Grand Council of the Crees
(Eeyou Istchee) Chairman,
Cree Nation Government
Chairman of the Board and
Chief Executive Officer
La Capitale Financial Group Inc.
Dr. Ted Moses
Secretariat to the Cree Nation
Abitibi-Temiscamingue Economic Alliance
Jean St-Gelais, Chairman of the Board and
Chief Executive Officer, La Capitale Financial Group Inc.
The Eeyou-Eenou Community Foundation has developed a programs “menu”, which accurately reflects contemporary issues and needs all across Eeyou Istchee that can be addressed through its fundraising, management, and fund distribution work. Investments can be directed toward these six functional areas which have been identified and carefully developed by the Foundation’s leadership.
Please click on a number to reveal the different funds.
Aanischaaukamikw, the Cree Cultural Institute, focuses its work on protecting, promoting and showcasing Indigenous culture and language. Your investment in Cree culture, language, history, and heritage will enable us to strengthen this award-winning institution through a number of strategic initiatives.Get the fact sheet
Investment in this fund will promote healthier bodies and minds across all of Eeyou Istchee by engaging Cree families in both contemporary and traditional healing programs, and by improving clinical delivery, technology, professional education, and health promotion, with special attention to mental health and suicide prevention.
Strengthening the Crees’ ability to use education as a tool for broad social change: building an environment in which academic performance and preparation for careers can flourish, and supporting that environment with appropriate technologies.
Many Cree social challenges can be traced to inadequate, overcrowded and unsafe housing. Greater access to better, more culturally appropriate housing will help us reduce these challenges and build smarter, stronger communities.
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.
Like any society, the James Bay Crees are a complex nation whose communities continuously evolve. As needs arise, the Community Fund will fund a variety of emerging issues, ranging from research and policy development to poverty reduction strategies.
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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, enable the flow of new ideas, concepts, and projects aimed at community development and community transformation. The Foundation will engage and inspire, helping to transform life in our communities, and in doing so, provide better housing, education, health care, 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 which will 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 which will ensure a strong and vibrant future for the Crees of Eeyou Istchee.