In the fall of 2021, the Canadian Bishops announced a $30 million national financial pledge to support healing and reconciliation initiatives for residential school survivors, their families, and their communities. The Indigenous Reconciliation Fund is an arms-length, federally incorporated not-for-profit registered charity. It was set up to independently manage funds received from the dioceses. The Board of the IRF approves grant requests submitted through the local diocesan and regional reconciliation committees.
While the Government of Canada released Catholic Entities in 2015 from the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) based on a determination that all obligations had been met, Canada’s Bishops recognized that a “best efforts” campaign did not yield the results that were hoped for. For this reason, the Catholic Bishops of Canada made a $30 million national pledge to establish and fund the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund, ensuring the fund will:
As our share of the $30 million pledge, the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall has agreed to raise $1.2 million. “A Christ-Centred Co-Journey Towards Healing: The Fundraising Campaign in Support of Reconciliation” is what we are calling our initiative to raise funds and to better the relationship between the Archdiocese and Indigenous Peoples living in the Archdiocese.
This funding process will be open and transparent. The Catholic community will receive regular reports on projects that are being funded as well as on their progress. Your financial contribution is one of many steps on our path to new relationships of truth, reconciliation, love and respect.
Yes. For purposes of transparency and accounting, all monies raised in the Archdiocese will be paid into the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund. However, 100 percent of the monies raised in the Archdiocese will be used to fund healing and reconciliation projects and initiatives undertaken by local Indigenous groups and organizations that operate in the area served by the Archdiocese.
No. The funds raised through A Christ-Centred Co-Journey Towards Healing will be used exclusively for local Indigenous projects and initiatives.
The local Diocesan Reconciliation Committee discerns local needs and sources potential projects, initiatives and grantees. In addition, the committee recommends projects to the Directors of the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund who confirm and decide that the recommended projects fulfill the requirements and can be approved.
The members of the Diocesan Reconciliation Committee:
The Board of Directors of the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund:
You can donate immediately by going to CanadaHelps.org. You can also donate to the special collection that takes place in all of our parishes on November 4 and 5, 2023. All donations are eligible for charitable receipts.