The Rotary Club of Toronto and the Indigenous Spirit Fund, which operates under Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, are partnering in joint fundraiser in Toronto on Sept. 15. The event, Miinawaa – Eyiizh/And – Both, will benefit both the Indigenous Spirit Fund and the Rotary Club of Toronto’s Philanthropic Fund. The event will be held at St. James Cathedral Centre Event Venue, Adelaide and Church streets, from 5 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. It will be opened by Chief Stacey Laforme, chief of the Mississaugas of the Credit and emceed by Kenn Richard, director of the Indigenous Spirit Fund......

The program includes drumming, Indigenous singing and dancing and a live and a silent auction. One of the items to be auctioned off is an immersive experience at Six Nations of the Grand River, just outside Brantford. The day includes a visit to the Woodland Cultural Centre museum and art gallery; a community-catered lunch of traditional food; a water tour of the Grand River with talks on the importance of the Grand, water issues in indigenous communities and eco-systems around the Grand; and an archery workshop. The day will be capped with an overnight stay in a  luxury log cabin in lovely Chiefswood Park, nestled in the Carolinian Forest and close to the Grand.

The Indigenous Spirit Fund provides year-round camps that help connect children and young people, many of whom live in apartments and basements, with nature and the land. At the camps they learn about the history of the land, medicinal herbs, land-based survival skills and artwork. They also participate in a variety of tasks that build confidence and self-esteem.

The Rotary Club of Toronto’s Philanthropic Fund addresses Indigenous challenges, homelessness, hunger, social injustice, environmental issues and poverty, primarily in the Greater Toronto Area. Funding priority is directed to the fields of health, education, youth and welfare, primarily in the Greater Toronto Area.

The Rotary Club of Toronto would welcome any corporate sponsorships (contact John Andras at or donations of auction items (contact John Fortney

Tickets are $100 ,a portion of which will receive a charitable receipt. Please go to: