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The Cowichan Region is home to seven First Nations and over 80,000 people. For Indigenous people, racism is often a powerful barrier to employment, education, healthcare, and other essential aspects of life. It was determined that that the Cowichan community lacked insight about how to include Indigenous people in the creation of social Elderpolicies and services.
In 2016, we received an application from Social Planning Cowichan to understand systemic barriers and infuse the perspectives of Indigenous people into mainstream policy making. Our Social Services Advisors agreed this was a good idea.
Donors like you made possible a $150K grant that helped the Cowichan community assess where it’s at, enable people to experience reconciliation workshops, understand systemic barriers and to explore what is needed for a long-term commitment to the journey of reconciliation.
Over the past five years, the Social Services focus area has provided support to a a range of leading charities including: Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House, Vancouver Native Health Society, St. Paul's Foundation, Canadian Mental Health Association, Christ Church Cathedral, Reconciliation Canada, Port Alberni Shelter Society, University of BC, and Pacific AIDS Network, among others.
Why support a focus area?
Causes of concern today may not even exist tomorrow, but when you support a focus area, you join other like-minded donors and become a part of a powerful force in creating a healthier, more livable community. And because we bring together smart advisors —all experts in their respective fields — to review and select the best grant applications, you can be assured that your gift is being utilized in a way that has long-term impact. Learn more about the expert advisors who are putting your gift to work.
Many donors care about social services, but you also have broader interests in the community. You may want to consider a targeted gift to another one of these focus areas: