Tides Canada partners with the Government of the Northwest Territories to explore funder collaboratives


Last week, Tides Canada partnered with the Government of the Northwest Territories to convene a workshop to investigate models for on-the-land programming to benefit local communities. The workshop also focused on advancing the idea of a “funder collaborative” to support this work.

Funder collaboratives have been used in other regions to address common issues of interest to diverse funders. A funder collaborative is formed when two or more grant-makers pool resources and share information. The model has delivered better outcomes in communities, provided financial and administrative efficiencies, engaged service receivers more appropriately, and provided opportunities for shared learning and evaluation. Tides Canada has used this model successfully in a number of our initiatives, including Northern Manitoba Food, Culture, and Community Fund and the Ontario Indigenous Youth Partnership Project (OIYPP).

In the Northwest Territories, there has been an identified need for enhanced collaboration within and amongst all sectors to make best use of financial, human, and other resources to support, evaluate, and deliver on-the-land programming. The gathering last week was an opportunity to bring together local stakeholders to understand how the Northwest Territories could benefit from a funder collaborative model. Local participants included all regional indigenous governments of the NWT, relevant territorial and federal government departments, representatives from the three NWT operating diamond mines, and philanthropic agencies that fund in the territory.

At the workshop, participants heard from members of funder collaboratives in other regions on how they are working together to deliver better outcomes, including an increased ability to deliver programming that acknowledges interconnectedness of social, cultural, economic, and environmental outcomes.

Encouraged by the success of funder collaboratives elsewhere, government, indigenous, corporate, and philanthropic organizations committed to develop a funder collaborative pilot for the NWT, with a specific focus on on-the-land programming. Government and philanthropic organizations committed funds and assets for launching, implementing, and evaluating a pilot within a year.

We are buoyed by the progress and commitments made over the last week and will continue to share updates on this exciting work.

Tides Canada commits to open data for its grantmaking

For many years, Tides Canada has been publishing detailed lists of grants in our online annual reports. This spring, as part of our ongoing commitment to transparency, we are building on that practice by committing to publish our grants as open data and are increasing the frequency of our reporting by publishing grants listings on a quarterly basis.

Interview with Tara Marsden, Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs Office

Gitanyow is a community nestled along the Kitwanga River in Northwestern BC. They are represented by the Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs to establish modern treaties and implement First Nations conservation practices and land use planning for their territory. We interviewed Wilp Sustainability Director for the Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs Tara Marsden and learned more about the Gitanyow model of long-term conservation planning, the significance of observing and adopting First Nations values and methods in conservation, and the importance of flexible, multi-year granting.