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.
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.
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. 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.
Tina Petawabano, President, Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation
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.
Dr. Abel Bosum
Grand Council of the Crees
(Eeyou Istchee) Chairman,
Cree Nation Government
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Dr. Ted Moses, O.Q.
Secretariat to the Cree Nation
Abitibi-Temiscamingue Economic Alliance
Jean St-Gelais, Chairman of the Board of Directors, beneva Inc.
The Eeyou-Eenou Community Foundation has established six funds which address urgent issues all across Eeyou Istchee.
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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.
This fund will promote healthier bodies and minds across all of Eeyou Istchee by engaging Cree families in both contemporary and traditional healing programs. It will help to improve clinical delivery, technology, professional education, and health promotion, with special attention to mental health and suicide prevention.
This fund will strengthen the Crees’ ability to leverage education as a tool for broad social change by building an environment in which academic performance and preparation for careers can flourish, and supporting that environment with appropriate technologies.
Aanischaaukamikw, the award-winning Cree Cultural Institute, protects, promotes, and showcases James Bay Cree culture and language. The Institute must build upon its international reputation, increase its strength as a virtual museum through advanced technology and interactive exhibits, and undertake strategic initiatives in research, education, and archaeology.Get the fact sheet
Many Cree social challenges can be traced to inadequate, overcrowded and unsafe housing. Access to better housing will help us to overcome many of these challenges and build more resilient, stronger communities.
Like any society, the James Bay Crees are a complex nation whose communities are continually evolving. As needs arise, the Community Fund will address a variety of emerging issues, ranging from research and policy development to poverty reduction strategies.
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.Learn more
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 DevelopmentLearn more
The Eenou-Eeyou Community Foundation is pleased to announce that we have partnered with the Mastercard Foundation’s COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program.Learn more
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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