As one of the first signatories to The Philanthropic Community’s Declaration of Action, the Ontario Trillium Foundation believes reconciliation begins with listening, learning, and taking action beyond the work of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

As part of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we have embarked on a journey that is leading us to a better collective understanding of the people of Turtle Island. We are learning more about the issues facing the Indigenous community, and about colonialism and its lasting effects. We are increasing our awareness and understanding of how we can best support the Indigenous community in Ontario.

We have met with elders, learned from artists and community members, supported projects for Indigenous people, and participated in awareness days, like Orange Shirt Day.

We support projects that celebrate and preserve the vibrancy and complexity of Indigenous knowledge, cultures, ways of being, and in their self-determining efforts.

We have always worked with the Indigenous communities in Ontario, and we have a history of supporting excellent projects created by and for these diverse

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Making Change

We understand that change can only begin when Indigenous or First Nation, Métis, and Inuit communities are empowered to make decisions on key issues such as language, education, land, people, and health.

We recognize that we have more to learn so we can take actions that will ultimately make the Foundation more inclusive and representative of the people of Ontario.

If you’re interested in joining us on our journey, we are always looking for volunteers, Board Members, and projects that are representative of the population of Ontario.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining us, we are always hiring and looking for more volunteers. We invite you to apply for a grant or become a volunteer and visit to learn more about how we can help you help your community.

We recognize that our work, and the work of our grantees, takes place on Indigenous territories across Ontario.