Indigenous Communities Fund

The TELUS Indigenous Communities Fund offers grants up to $50,000 for Indigenous-led social, health and community programs. Together, we can make the future friendly by supporting Indigenous leaders and community groups who know their communities best.

TELUS collaborated with Míkw’achi7m (Marissa Nahanee), Squamish and Nisga’a Nation, on the intent, context, and manner of the art used. Photo: Mason Mashon, Saddle Lake Cree Nation.

Our commitment to reconciliation

In partnership with Indigenous Peoples, TELUS is committed to progressing the path of reconciliation in a deeply meaningful way and is dedicated to fulfilling our role and responsibilities in this regard.

For more than a decade, TELUS has collaborated with Indigenous Peoples and organizations to enable connectivity and bridge digital, geographic and socio-economic divides.

Working together, we are helping create tangible outcomes that will impact generations to come.

2021 Indigenous Communities Fund recipients

TELUS is proud to announce the first four recipients of the Indigenous Communities Fund:



Indigenous Knowledge and Wisdom Centre

Funding for Alberta’s Indigenous Knowledge and Wisdom Centre (IKWC), owned and operated by First Nations of Treaty 6, 7, and 8, will go towards producing additional Treaty Resource Kits. Inspired from oral treaty history accounts, the Treaty Resource Kits are designed to provide an accurate education on the history of Indigenous Peoples in Alberta and introduce concepts from an Indigenous perspective for educators, students, administrators, community members, and parents.


Funding Indigenous-led solutions

The TELUS Indigenous Communities Fund provides flexible grant funding to Indigenous-led programs supporting Indigenous Peoples in Canada. 

Funding is available for projects focused on, but not limited to:

  • Health, mental health and well-being

  • Access to education and resources

  • Community building and enhancement

  • Language and cultural revitalization

  • Inter-community sharing of cultural stories

 

Funding guidelines

We provide flexible grants to Indigenous organizations, not-for-profits and community groups. Grants are available up to $50,000 and are to support Indigenous-led initiatives that support tangible positive outcomes.

Requests eligible for funding: 

  • Your organization, community group or project supports Indigenous peoples (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) within Canada

  • You clearly address a pressing social or well-being need and create measurable community outcomes

Requests ineligible for funding: 

  • Retroactive funding

  • Religious focused projects or organizations

  • Projects that operate outside of Canada

  • Go-Fund-Me campaigns or individual fundraising initiatives


Application deadlines

Applications are reviewed two times per year. Please allow 12 weeks following the application deadline to receive a response regarding your application status. Applications are due by midnight (your local time) on the following dates:  

  • March 4, 2022 – now closed

  • October 14, 2022 - opening July 4, 2022

Contact us

If you have a question or a funding request that falls outside of the application deadlines, please contact us at IndigenousCommunitiesFund@telus.com

Contact us

If you have a question or a funding request that falls outside of the application deadlines, please contact us at IndigenousCommunitiesFund@telus.com

 

TELUS’ commitment to artistic integrity

We are committed to supporting the artistic practices of Indigenous Peoples, while being mindful of the historic role organizations have played in the misappropriation of Indigenous art and culture. We have an obligation and responsibility to ensure that TELUS’ use of Indigenous art in our digital and physical spaces is respectful of Indigenous artists. TELUS works with each artist to ensure that they retain full intellectual property and control over their work.