KWCF Update - September 2019


Laurier Mama Aki Camp

Closing the Gap in Post-Secondary Education for Indigenous People

Everyone deserves the opportunity to learn about their roots. This important theme runs through Laurier’s Mama Aki: Mother Earth Science Camp, that members of Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF)’s team and Granting Committees had the opportunity to experience this summer. The overnight camp, developed by Laurier’s Office of Indigenous Initiatives and Faculty of Science, focuses on connecting topics from Ontario’s Grade 7 and 8 science and technology with indigenous knowledge. Children spend a week in the university’s classrooms and lab spaces, plus some field-tip adventures.

Along with camp participants, Laurier staff and camp volunteers, we participated in a smudging ceremony and camp leader Dr. Kathy Absolon led the group in a poem and traditional song about creation. In Indigenous culture, the term ‘creation’ refers to all of nature.

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We are accepting applications to the following grant stream:

Youth in Recreation Fund Pre-screen application deadline: Thurs. August 29, 2019

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Questions? Contact Sarah at or by phone at 519-725-1806 x 206.

On the Table Waterloo Region

Join people from across Waterloo Region as we come together, make new connections, and build more meaningful relationships within our community.

Between September 27th and 29th, we're inviting you to bring together your friends, colleagues or strangers over some food to talk about what matters most to you. Whether it’s a meal, snack or coffee break, On the Table encourages individuals or organizations to take the time and connect with one-another face-to-face.

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Are you an organization with a youth volunteer between the ages of 15 and 29 who is interested in leading a project to do more good in our community?

You could receive a grant up to $30,000 for a youth-led project to address diverse and urgent local priorities in our community. Learn more

Deadline: September 18, 2019

Butterfly Release Walk to Remember

Join Bereaved Families of Ontario - Midwestern Region in a day of remembrance.

The 22nd Annual Butterfly Release Walk to Remember is happening on Sunday, September 8, 2019.

Honour your loved one with a monarch butterfly to be released during the ceremony, or a memorial sign to be placed along the walking path at Williamsburg Cemetery & Dedication Centre.

Butterfly orders must be in by Friday, August 23rd.

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What moves you?

Ride for Refuge is an annual cycling and walking fundraiser that supports organizations who provide refuge and hope for displaced, vulnerable and exploited people everywhere. This year the 2019 Ride for Refuge will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2019.

You can choose to participate in a 5K walk, or a 10K, 25K or 50K bike ride to raise money for your favourite charity. Charities can also sign up and participate - it's another way for you to "fun" raise in a family-friendly manner.

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