What We’re About
As a Canadian charity, our mandate is to provide practical humanitarian assistance through initiatives established on eight foundational stones of support. These include self-determination, reconciliation, water, food, health, housing, hope and education. Our priority is to help ensure the dignity and health of Indigenous people through our actions. Our self-determination activities are designed to help inspire and empower Indigenous youth to pursue their dreams and, in turn, empower their people and community.
Through reconciliation and education we raise awareness and promote an understanding of the tragic history of non-Indigenous/Indigenous relations in Canada, helping us to understand why we find ourselves in this present situation. As we do, attitudes and prejudices change and we open doors to a broader discussion and understanding of the options that are available. We believe that mutual cooperation and respect will make the difference.
At our core, True North Aid respects the diversity of belief and conviction found with the people and organizations we support, and the people and organizations who support us. True North Aid does not fund activities that directly promote the beliefs and/or convictions of any group.
How You Can Help
However, we are open to partnerships with organizations whose initiatives and activities fall within our mandate as approved by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and are aligned to our mission of helping to reduce poverty upon our eight foundational stones of support.
As a charity we choose to stay away from issues that divide us and embrace activities that unite us and fall within our mandate to serve our First Peoples in Canada with practical humanitarian assistance.
True North Aid is supported by a Board of Directors who come from respected charity organizations, public service and industry, as well as partners with over 35 years of experience providing aid to isolated communities. We have 4 Indigenous Elders who serve us as advisors. We consult with Indigenous representatives in every community we work with and they provide us with direction and leadership in how we engage with their people, understanding every community is different.
With your help and support, we are seeing lives changed and our True North once again becoming strong and free…
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TRUE NORTH AID
INDIGENOUS ADVISORY COUNCIL
Born and raised in Buffalo Narrows, Sask, a member of the Woodland Cree Nation ( Elder), completed high school, college and some university , worked the mining industry, Federal and Provincial Government, worked 7 years in Nunavut and western Arctic as the alcohol and drug specialist and 1 years as the Executive Director of the Fort Providence First Nations and 2 years as the Aboriginal Consultant for Imperial Oil. Blessed to sit on many committees that were geared to helping aboriginal peoples and communities, also had the privilage of being a member of Prince Albert Police Commission for 6 years, also attended Bible College graduated as a Pastor finally celebrating 40 years of sobriety from alcohol and smoking.
is a mixed-blooded Mohawk presently residing in Kitchener-Waterloo, whose family resides in Kahnawake and Akwesasne First Nations. Over the last 25 years Christine has shared experiential learning through transformative knowledge methodologies and exchanges. Christine teaches reciprocal practices within Indigenous knowledge systems and shares this way of being while engaging with a diverse range of participants. Christine has done extensive public speaking, teaching, workshops, publications, and has led community driven initiatives and engagements. Christine applies experiential knowledge practices to assist and enable Indigenous youth leadership as well as empowerment through mentoring, fostering relationships, guidance, creative inquiry and healthy role modeling. Christine is an experiential knowledge teacher, auntie, and helper who invites all people to take action in being stewards of the earth.
Laurie has a mix of British and Anishinaabe ancestry. She is turtle clan and her dad’s side of the family originate from the Georgian Bay area of Ontario, but she grew up in Elmira, ON. Laurie has personal and professional experiences in graphic design, painting, and making Indigenous Pow Wow regalia and traditional crafts. She is a traditional dancer and drum carrier and sings with local Indigenous women. She is an Indigenous advisor for local environmental groups and also a special events planner, facilitating and promoting guest speakers and other engagements in the local community. She is a member of White Owl Native Ancestry Association, a local Indigenous organization that aims to provide culturally relevant programming and services to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples within the Waterloo, Upper Grand and Durham Regions. Within the Association, Laurie facilitates a weekly Creative Native crafting group. This group embraces the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2015) by encouraging dialogue between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples, while at the same time, revitalizing interest in traditional Indigenous crafts. Laurie is interested in contemporary Indigenous topics in Canada and Indigenous education. She compiles and disseminates resources about Indigenous knowledges, worldviews, cultures, and pratices that support faculty, student teachers, and school teachers decolonize classrooms and schools “in the spirit of sharing.” Laurie is an active member of Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) and has served on the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Advisory Work Group since its inception. She was the primary online resource researcher for the teaching resources section of the nationally recognized OSSTF teaching resource Full Circle: First Nations, Métis, Inuit Ways of Knowing. Laurie is also a Kairos Blanket Exercise facilitator and trainer. She currently holds the position of Administrative Assistant to the Dean, in the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University and has been at Laurier for sixteen years.