The IDEA Conversation Series is free for AFP members. Capacity is limited. Non-AFP members, and AFP members from outside of Manitoba will be placed on a wait list. If there are spots open close to the date of the event, they will be offered to those on the waitlist based on registration date.
Facilitator: Kyle Mason
MC: Alexandra Cropp
Reconciliation is not an Indigenous issue; it is a Canadian Issue. Philanthropy is in a unique position to support Canada’s efforts towards reconciliation and to shape a future that is inclusive and representative of the ever-changing community that it supports. We can amplify a new narrative in Canada that is built from an understanding of the residential school system and colonial practices that have created the current settler centered philanthropic systems. Knowing this history is important because it helps us critique existing systems and recognize that what seems natural today is a product of one specific set of choices that were used to build our existing system.
This conversation series will reflect on today’s practices and the role of philanthropic organizations and their capacity to contribute in a meaningful manner to Reconciliation by educating donors in the oncology of the problems/causes that they are trying to solve. The journey of Reconciliation and Philanthropy begins with a new paradigm of Building Relationships based on respect; Engagement in a way that values Indigenous communities as equal partners; Education on Truth and Reconciliation and Impact Investing to build Indigenous peoples’ capacity by providing them the platform to lead their own change.
Ultimately, encouraging donors and their partners to fully listen, relate and show up in new ways that allow Indigenous voices to guide our next steps will transform philanthropy as a true leader in Reconciliation.
Kyle Mason is an experienced award-winning Indigenous Leader, Change Agent, and Speaker with a proven track record of making a difference. Through his personal and professional life Kyle knows first-hand the tension between Indigenous Peoples, Canada, and the difficult journey of Reconciliation. He also knows struggles of living in poverty and overcoming the many connected challenges. Kyle has extensive experience building non-profits from the ground up and has been able to raise millions in donations on a limited budget.
Kyle believes in building on people's and community strengths not the gaps. Kyle also believes in creating safe places for people to ask questions and learn.
Kyle has a great deal of experience in working collaboratively with organizations to support discussions and guidance related to Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, Starting or Growing your non-profit and Growing skills to promote great fundraising.