Northern Indigenous Program

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  • Years of implementation: Started in 2015
  • Funders: Private sector and private donor

At Cuso International, we have a longstanding commitment to working with Indigenous peoples worldwide. We deeply value and actively support Indigenous self-determination.

In Canada, 

  • We raise awareness, engage in dialogue, and seek to better understand¬†the experiences of¬†Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
  • We learn about 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. 

NORTHERN INDIGENOUS PROGRAM STORIES

Students in Canada’s Northwest Territories

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.

Margot Ferguson - Supporting students’ education in the Northwest Territories
A young man in a hoodie standing in front of a book shelf

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.

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