I’m pleased to provide an update on Medavie’s commitment to the Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund (IPRF). This partnership is among our efforts to help Canadian communities recover from the pandemic by supporting necessary transformations in society and finding new and innovative ways to provide essential services.
The IPRF is a new Indigenous-led charity with a mission of building Indigenous community resilience while continuing to address urgent community needs in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. It demonstrates a new approach to philanthropy by trusting Indigenous-led organizations and communities to determine and deliver what they need most, rather than prescribing specific programs or frameworks. By taking this approach, Indigenous communities can be more flexible, adaptable, and nimble in meeting the needs of their residents.
Medavie, through the Medavie Foundation, committed to a three-year partnership with the IPRF that includes the transfer of $500,000 from its COVID-19 Response Fund. The commitment contributes to the IPRF in building an enduring Indigenous-led organization and helps ensure a sustainable philanthropic community fund to benefit Indigenous peoples. Medavie Foundation is also contributing $75,000 a year to the IPRF’s community project funding. We are working alongside the IPRF and learning from it and its network of partners on how best to support Indigenous resilience and sovereignty in our own funding efforts. It is another step in our collective journey toward Canadian truth and reconciliation.
You are welcome to read more about the IPRF and our partnership in their recent 2021-2022 Annual Report, available online here (PDF format, available in English).
We are sharing this update in advance of National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, an opportunity to learn about the work of the IPRF, its council and partners. Visit communityfoundations.ca for more information.
Director, Social Responsibility
Executive Director, Medavie Health Foundation