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Investing in the limitless potential of Indigenous youth
Children are like flowers, beautiful, delicate, and unique. With nourishment and guidance, they can bloom and thrive in their gardens. Just like there is a science and an art to gardening, so too is there a method to helping children and youth find what makes them thrive.
Kw’umut Lelum Foundation (KLF), the first Indigenous-owned and led community foundation in British Columbia, and one of a growing network of Indigenous-owned charities in Canada, provides the kind of nourishment and support that helps children, like flowers, bloom.
Born out of the need to ensure First Nations control over how we invest in our young people, KLF invests in the limitless potential of Indigenous youth and the communities that love and empower them, connecting commitment with unlimited potential.
Through Indigenous-led collaborations and with a focus on inter-connectedness, KLF empowers and supports young people through forging their own self-determining paths.
Building on 25 years of trusted Indigenous-centered youth programming and services, KLF unites us in our efforts to expand cultural, economic, social, educational and recreational access in support of Indigenous children and their families. The Foundation is a charitable organization registered with the CRA, which opens the door to partnerships, collaboration, and a shared responsibility to move forward in a positive way.
KLF is led and stewarded by nine Coast Salish Nations: Halalt, Lyackson, Málexeł, Penelakut, Qualicum, Snaw-naw-as, Snuneymuxw, Stz’uminus and Ts’uubaa-asatx, each with a shared purpose and vision for their communities. In its first year of operation, KLF walked alongside each community to identify funding gaps and create opportunities guided by
Through the youth development grants and scholarships created and supported by the Foundation, Indigenous children are supported on their path, with a focus on land and language revitalization, post-secondary education, entrepreneurship, physical and emotional wellbeing, and building relationships with Indigenous leaders and other children.
What’s more, the support they receive comes from within their communities, creating opportunities for representation that are close to home. This way, young people grow up feeling strong and empowered, knowing that they come from strong communities. The values and lessons they learn in their childhood will stick with them for a lifetime and eventually be passed on to their children.
KLF collaborates with a vibrant community of private and public donors, united in our efforts to expand cultural, economic, social, educational and recreational access to support Indigenous children and their families.
We are rooted in self-determination and the rights of Indigenous children. KLF benefits from and honours the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action. We warmly welcome businesses, industries, and individuals into the conversation.
Learn more and find out how you can be involved at klfoundation.ca
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The Kw’umut Lelum Foundation is led and stewarded by nine Coast Salish Nations: Halalt, Lyackson, Málexeł, Penelakut, Qualicum, Snaw-naw-as, Snuneymuxw, Stz’uminus and Ts’uubaa-asatx. These nine Coast Salish Nations have a shared purpose and vision for children and communities.