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PFC Conference 2022 – Opening Plenary

PFC Conference 2022 – Opening Plenary: Philanthropy and Reconciliation: Next Steps – Oct 3, 2022 ENGLISH

“Philanthropy and Reconciliation: Next Steps”

Philanthropic leaders and organizations are on a journey towards respect and reciprocity with Indigenous communities across Canada. Seven years after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the development of the Philanthropic Community’s Declaration of Action, progress has been uneven. Several promising Indigenous-led initiatives have been launched but indicators of wellbeing have barely improved.

We collectively face an incredible opportunity – and a responsibility – towards Reconciliation by embracing the principles, norms, and standards of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. At our opening plenary, esteemed local and national Indigenous leaders will engage in a conversation on philanthropy today, where our sector might fit, and what we should consider when it comes to our relationships with Indigenous communities across Canada and advancing justice.


Patty Faith, Chair, Philanthropic Foundations Canada

Jean-Marc Mangin, President & CEO, Philanthropic Foundations Canada

Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer, Grand Chief, Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke

Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montreal


Victoria Grant, O.C., Chair, Counselling Foundation of Canada

Mandy Gull-Masty, Grand Chief, Grand Council of the Crees, Cree Nation Government

Ghislain Picard, Chief, Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador

Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer, Grand Chief, Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke

Moderator: Lili-Anna Pereša, President & CEO, McConnell Foundation