An interview with Kris Archie of The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada

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How can nonprofits collaborate with Indigenous charitable leaders and groups? BCACG and Volunteer BC - the organizers of Volunteer Futures Symposium - October 3 & 4 in Richmond, BC - want to further the conversation and support this process. Volunteer Futures Symposium is cost-effective conference known for its inspiring keynote addresses, practical workshops and relevant sessions with plenty of opportunities to network with colleagues and volunteers from across BC. Everyone is welcome to learn more about volunteerism and the nonprofit/charitable sector.

We spoke with Kris Archie, Executive Director, The Circle of Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, about her keynote and what she hopes to achieve in supporting nonprofit groups and Indigenous charitable leaders.

What is the Circle and what is your role?

The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada is an open network to promote giving, sharing, and philanthropy in Indigenous communities across the country. The Circle transforms philanthropy and contributes to positive change with Indigenous communities by creating spaces of learning, innovation, relationship-building, co-creation and activation. We are dedicated to amplifying the wisdom of Indigenous leaders in the charitable sector and work alongside our members to co-create and build a new future of justice, access and equity. The Circle team values their role as a convener and creates and seeks opportunities for shared learning between Indigenous organizations, community members, and settler philanthropic teams.

Can you summarize your session at Volunteer Futures Symposium?

The Circle sees the Volunteer Futures Symposium as an opportunity to invite British Columbia based Indigenous Charitable leaders to share their wisdom and experiential insight on partnership, collaboration and volunteerism.

What do you hope to accomplish and what are the takeaways for attendees after the Volunteer Futures presentation?

My opening remarks and The Circle’s session will be an invite for folks to think and do differently in their work alongside Indigenous volunteers and organizations. We hope to provide some practical next steps to move forward and to generate participant commitment to engage Indigenous volunteers in their organization.

Do you have any examples where you've seen of nonprofits working alongside Indigenous and non-Indigenous nonprofit organizations for mutual benefit?

The following groups have great examples on their websites:

You can learn more about The Circle here and get tickets to the Volunteer Futures Symposium - October 3 & 4 in Richmond, BC. 

Lorelynn Hart is the Program Director at Volunteer BC, an organization working to raise the profile of volunteering, encourage investment in volunteer engagement and link the network of volunteer centres. Volunteer BC is the voice of volunteerism with the goal of promoting the value of volunteerism and building healthy BC Communities.

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