TORONTO, May 2, 2013 /CNW/ - The Native Women's Resource Centre of
Toronto (NWRCT) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the
prestigious Vital Ideas grant from the Toronto Community Foundation.
The program provides community organizations with up to $30,000 over
one year to increase their capacity in order to expand their reach,
share their experience, and better sustain their impact.
NWRCT will use the Vital Ideas grant to further develop Debwein Kwe
Sharing Circles, a social enterprise that promotes dialogue between the
urban Aboriginal community in Toronto and non-Aboriginal service
agencies through speaking engagements. NWRCT staff members, in
partnership with volunteers or clients with lived experience of a
particular issue, deliver a wide range of presentations to educate,
inform and challenge assumptions about urban Aboriginal women and their
"We are extremely pleased to be recognized by the Toronto Community
Foundation and awarded this prestigious grant," says NWRCT President,
Laure Fournier. "The award will let us share knowledge of the lived
experiences of Toronto's Aboriginal women, and our Aboriginal history
and culture, which we hope will foster greater understanding between
Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities."
Vital Ideas is one of three Toronto Community Foundation grant programs
made possible through its Vital Toronto Fund, a strategic community
endowment identifies and assists high-impact organizations that work
for social change by addressing the root causes of the trends
identified in the Toronto's Vital Signs® Report.
"Our support of NWRCT is the first step in a very important journey to
wider community impact," says Toronto Community Foundation's President
& CEO Rahul K. Bhardwaj. "We are pleased to support their effectiveness
so they can continue to thrive, build on their great work to date and
build a stronger Toronto."
About the Native Women's Resource Centre
The Native Women's Resource Centre of Toronto (NWRCT) supports
Aboriginal women and their children in the Greater Toronto Area. The
centre offers life- enhancing resources, cultural ceremonies and
teachings, skill development, and programs to build capacity and
celebrate Aboriginal cultures.
The work and direction at the Centre is guided by the Seven Grandfather
teachings: Wisdom, Love, Respect, Bravery, Honesty, Humility, and
Truth. The teachings, traditions, and cultures are incorporated in all
of its activities.
NWRCT is the recipient of the 2012 City of Toronto's Aboriginal Affairs
Award, Toronto Community Foundation's Vital Peoples Grant, Metcalf
Foundation's Opportunities Fund Grant and Atkinson Foundation's Poverty
Visit us at: nwrct.ca
Toronto Community Foundation
With more than 340 endowment funds and assets under administration of
more than $250 million, the Toronto Community Foundation is one of
Canada's largest public charitable foundations. Our mission is to
connect philanthropy to community needs and opportunities, all with a
vision to make Toronto the best place to live, work, learn and grow,
through the power of giving.
SOURCE: Native Women's Resource Centre Of Toronto
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