March 3, 2021 to May 28, 2021

4:16 pm - 4:17 pm

Impacts of Colonization and Historical Trauma


This session was originally presented at NOT Congress in November 2020, sponsored by Sage Intacct. You can now purchase on-demand access to this single session!

In this powerful session, Brad Marsden will share his lived experiences of growing up as an Indigenous boy in Canada, and being completely unaware of the pre-existing historical trauma of the past 200 years from colonization and Residential Schools. The systemic racism and discrimination within Canadian institutions and the negative portrayal of Indigenous peoples profoundly affected Brad in a negative way. Only after really understanding his peoples’ history and more importantly, his own childhood, could he then reframe everything he had thought about himself, and change the trajectory of his life.

Brad will also discuss his experiences of working in Indigenous-led organizations and organizations serving Indigenous populations, as well as how he accessed their services as a youth and young father.

Following, Sharon Redsky will provide a perspective as an Indigenous fundraiser, and highlight the funding inequity between Indigenous-led organizations and non. Sharon will then discuss the final report regarding the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, produced for the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada’s Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy Program. She’ll also provide examples of Indigenous-led organizations’ successful projects working with community foundations.

This session will create a safe space for learning, sharing, and asking questions.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of how system discrimination, and specifically Residential Schools, affected Indigenous communities and created the social conditions we see today.
  • Acknowledge and begin to build relationships that are equitable and respectful with Indigenous communities and organizations.
  • Learn how legislation and policy created the inequity we see today.
  • Become aware of the underfunding and other inequities Indigenous-led organizations face.
  • Understand Indigenous-led charities and learn ways to support them.
  • Shift the way we engage the community.

Target Audience(s):

  • All
  • Anyone interested in understanding the real history of First Nations People in Canada