In 2020, your donations contributed to the creation of the Wakapitan Fund, which supports, in tangible and constructive ways, the well-being of Indigenous people, the bridging of gaps between communities and the fight against racism. THANK YOU for making a difference.
This movement has only just begun.
Beyond outrage, let’s take action—together—to make our society more just, more respectful, and more inclusive.
On December 3rd, 2020, Quebec pulsed to the rhythm of the Waskapitan concert. This spectacular production raised more than $100,000 in donations. 100 000 Mikwetc kaskina!
Natasha Kanapé Fontaine
LET US NEVER FORGET
The amount raised by the Fund will be used to create a significant work of public art that will pay tribute to Joyce Echaquan and contribute positively to the presence and visibility of Indigenous people in the Joliette region.
The Fund will also contribute to the implementation of front-line service initiatives and allow for the development of important projects to raise public awareness of the richness of our Indigenous roots and allow everyone to become more attentive and respectful of our cultures.
The Fund will also finance innovative projects, such as the establishment of a clinic within the new infrastructures of the Lanaudière Native Friendship Centre, slated to open in 2022. Totally unique in Quebec, this major project will include:
– An early childhood centre
– A clinic providing culturally safe healthcare
– Affordable housing for families and Elders
– A living and gathering place where people feel safe to reconnect with and fully experience their culture
A social innovation fund dedicated to Indigenous wellness and the fight against racism
In the long term, the Waskapitan Fund will facilitate innovative projects by and for urban Indigenous people that improve Indigenous living conditions and promote closer ties between peoples.
The administration of the Fund is sponsored by the Regroupement des centres d’amitié autochtones du Québec (RCAAQ).
In Quebec, more than 55% of First Nations members live in cities (Statistics Canada, 2016)
In 2018, 60% of Indigenous people surveyed by the RCAAQ reported having been victims of racism in Quebec’s service networks.
Thank you to our partners
Who we are
The RCAAQ is the provincial association of Native Friendship Centres that has been advocating for the rights and interests of Indigenous citizens in Quebec’s cities for over 50 years, while actively supporting its member Native Friendship Centres throughout Quebec. In fulfilling its mission, the RCAAQ has a comprehensive understanding of the issues and challenges Indigenous people face in urban realities.
85 Bastien Blvd., Suite 100
Wendake, QC G0A 4V0
As the Lanaudière region’s Native Friendship Centre, the CAAL aims to improve the living conditions of Indigenous people by offering support, guidance and information services through programs specially designed for Indigenous families living in or passing through the Lanaudière.
Centre d’amitié autochtone de Lanaudière
523 Ste-Anne Blvd. Joliette, QC J6E 5A3 Canada