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Indigenous Protocols for Fundraisers

Rowena Veylan, Founder and Lead Instructor, and Morgan Kalk, Indigenous Protocols, The New School of Fundraising

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Date: Thursday, May 23, 2024

Time: 3:30 to 5:30 PM

Location: Online. A Zoom link will be included with your Eventbrite ticket.

Limited spots available! Registration required for members and non-members: Register via Eventbrite

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, and 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.

About Rowena

Rowena is a mixed-heritage woman with Dunne-za and European roots. She is a proud member of the West Moberly Lake First Nations in northern British Columbia. A fundraiser, consultant, teacher and mentor, Rowena has been working within the nonprofit industry since 2003. She is currently the Founder and Lead Instructor of the New School of Fundraising and Indigenous Initiatives Lead with Mediate BC. She wholeheartedly believes in building capacity within the non-profit industry and also that everyone has a little bit of a fundraiser inside of them. She looks for opportunities to share her expertise and enjoys working with individuals and organizations who may not be as excited about the prospect of fundraising. Rowena loves what she does and regularly speaks about her own career path and personal journey. Her passion for her work has been described as contagious.

About Morgan

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. She was raised by her grandmother in the northern community of Buffalo Narrows and later relocated to what is now known as Saskatoon, SK. She has a Bachelor of Commerce in Management with Honours from the Edwards School of Business and recently completed a certification program in digital marketing. Morgan is a passionate volunteer who currently sits as a board member with The Princess Shop and the Saskatoon Society of Fund Raising Executives. Professionally, she works as an Associate with DCG Philanthropic Services Inc., a fundraising consulting firm that serves a variety of clients across Turtle Island. Outside of the community and in her home, you will find Morgan expressing her creative side through culinary creations, DIYs, and art pieces. She believes that while doing this, she is continually reminded to step outside of her comfort zone, and that is, after all, when you are most likely to make a change.

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