Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Learning Fund

Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Learning Fund

http://iwklfund.org/

The Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Learning Fund (the Fund) is an indigenous-led grantmaking initiative that contributes to the promotion, protection and development of Indigenous Peoples’ ways of knowing and learning.  The Fund helps to create, produce, disseminate, distribute and ensure Indigenous Peoples’ access to cultural expressions and traditional knowledge.   The Fund supports Indigenous innovation and vibrancy in ontology, epistemologies, languages, and intercultural understanding to create sustainable, equitable and sustainable societies.  It also promotes global communication through opportunities for dialogue, self-learning, exchange and cooperation among key stakeholders. The Fund is based on the principles of sharing and communal work linked to different activities that Indigenous Peoples have traditionally done communally. These systems combine a range of rituals and ceremonies honoring Mother Nature, linked to productive activities and reciprocating the bounty that has been received. The Fund applies these practices to enrich the field of philanthropy based on principles of equity, interconnectedness, collectivity and community solidarity.