At Cuso International, we have a longstanding commitment to working with Indigenous peoples worldwide. We deeply value Indigenous self-determination, and this remains at the core of our work today. In Canada, our program focuses on the following goals:
Decolonization of Cuso International: We actively raise awareness and sensitivity to the experiences of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. By understanding historical injustices and current socioeconomic conditions, we strive to foster respect for cultures, traditions, and Indigenous knowledge. This knowledge-sharing extends to our Board, management, staff, and volunteers, promoting a more inclusive and informed organization.
Reconciliation: We aim to be a supportive ally to Indigenous-led organizations and a facilitator for non-Indigenous organizations seeking to engage in the Reconciliation process in Canada. By working collaboratively, we foster meaningful dialogue and actions that contribute to healing, understanding, and justice.
Building Positive Partnerships: Through a robust engagement strategy, we actively seek partnerships with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis organizations and communities. By cultivating strong relationships, Cuso International ensures that we are in the best position to build mutually beneficial and impactful partnerships that advance the well-being and aspirations of Indigenous communities.
CANADIAN PROGRAM STORIES
Supporting education in Canada’s Northwest Territories
In Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, educational challenges are nothing new. Schools in the community often see low attendance rates and a lack of motivation among students.
Supporting students’ education in the Northwest Territories
More familiar with the bustling city life of Toronto, Margot Ferguson is becoming accustomed to the quiet in Hay River, Northwest Territories. The Northern community offers a different landscape, different sociology, even a different winter.
Supporting students’ education and success
In the quiet hamlet of Paulatuk, N.W.T., Patrick Woodcock has become used to, and enjoys, the wind and cold, and the dark, long days of winter. Grizzly bears circle the small community in the summer, and wolves appear in the winter. Overlooking Darnley Bay in the Beaufort Sea, he can often see spotted seals on his walk to school.