Objective: $325,000

The Centre for Indigenous Learners is a space dedicated to teaching by elders and to cultural programs, events and workshops that in turn will create a welcoming environment for Indigenous students. The Centre also offer awareness program for professors and staff on the intellectual, cultural and spiritual richness of Indigenous communities.


Objective: $250,000

Saint Paul University would like, in partnership with its donors, to make it possible for Indigenous students to acquire knowledge, confidence and skills in social innovation so they can build a more inclusive society and actively contribute to the advancement of their communities.

The Fund will be a flexible instrument of social change, which will be used not only to fund scholarships for undergraduate programs, but also to fund programs supporting student success and provide scholarships to students registered in certificate and summer institute programs. This approach will open up a range of possibilities for delivering programs in areas such as social entrepreneurship, transformative leadership, pastoral leadership, and conflict resolution and mediation methods.


Objective achieved: $250,000

Saint Paul University is proud to offer, in partnership with Kateri Native Ministry of Ottawa, a training program in Indigenous pastoral leadership. The program is designed to train and empower Indigenous people to exercise pastoral and transformative leadership in their communities. Participants explore the connections between Indigenous spirituality and Christian faith through various topics in liturgy, pastoral ministry and religious education.

We hope that the program will continue to strengthen the bonds between Indigenous and Christian teachings, leading to healing and reconciliation at the community level.

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Objective: To be confirmed
$1,000,000 gift confirmed

The Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN), the Oshki-Pimache-O-Win: The Wenjack Education Institute (Oshki), and Saint Paul University (SPU) are collaborating to address the significant demand to train mental health staff serving in NAN territory, which has resulted in Indigenous people suffering the ultimate cost: the loss of life.

They have partnered to develop five new mental health program streams which will integrate the Nishnawbe Aski Nation culture, traditions, and languages in the formation and professional development of over 600 program graduates over the next five years. The direct outcome of the Mino-Bimaadiziwin Mental Health Education programs will be the first sustainable, culturally appropriate, community-based response to the mental health crisis faced by Indigenous people in NAN territory, which covers 49 communities or two-thirds of Ontario’s geography.

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