indigenous protocols for fundraisers

As we move forward towards truth and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples across what some refer to as Turtle Island (now known as Canada), we recognize the importance of learning from Indigenous communities to foster better relationships and honour their protocols as respectful visitors to their territories. The Indigenous Protocols for Fundraisers workshop shares a comprehensive understanding of the cultural practices and protocols for non-Indigenous individuals, recognizing that no two communities are the same.

During this workshop, participants will:

  • explore fundamental protocols, including territory acknowledgements and traditional welcomes, while differentiating between the two
  • delve into effective collaboration with Indigenous peoples by embracing their worldview, valuing and respecting the wisdom of Elders, and other essential aspects
  • spend time talking and sharing

It is important to note that the workshop instructors approach this subject with humility and acknowledge that they do not possess exhaustive knowledge of all diverse Indigenous Peoples and cultures. However, they bring a genuine spirit of curiosity, empathy, learning, lived and familial experiences to cultivate a safe and inclusive space for learning about Indigenous protocols.

To start us off in a good way, an Elder will join us to provide guidance and blessings.

workshop details

suitable for: anyone looking for more guidance on Indigenous protocols in the non-profit industry
commitment: 2 hours
workshop size: maximum of 10
format: this workshop is held over Zoom and a video connection is preferred (but not mandatory) for attendance
investment: $90*

*The New School of Fundraising is committed to reducing barriers to access our programming. If you are unable to pay a registration fee please reach out directly to Rowena at to discuss options.

*a portion from each registration is provided to our guest speaker as an honorarium 


Emily Cabrera is a fund development and philanthropy professional with over a decade of experience. Learn more about Emily.

Morgan Kalk is a proud member of Lac La Ronge Indian Band located in Treaty 6 territory, the traditional lands of the Cree, Metis, Saulteaux, Dene, Nakota, Lakota, and Dakota peoples. Learn more about Morgan.

Nicole Taylor-Sterritt is a heart-centered leader who is committed to building and strengthening relationships with Aboriginal communities across the country.Learn more about Nicole.

A fundraiser, consultant, teacher and mentor, Rowena Veylan has been working within the non-profit industry since 2003. Learn more about Rowena.

workshop dates

open for registration

June 20, 2024
10:00 am - 12:00 pm PST

our next session

We are planning to hold this workshop again in the fall of 2024. Sign up for our e-newsletter to be the first to know when registration is open.

"Our team recently took the Indigenous Protocols workshop with Nicole and Rowena. Their wealth of knowledge gave us a better understanding of the past and present. We listened, we learned and we reflected. This valuable session will help us to weave our learnings into our vision for our organization moving forward."

Lisa hoglund

Executive director

delta hospital & community health foundation

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