The Law Foundation of Ontario regularly funds work to address Indigenous people’s legal needs through our various granting programs. However, the Access to Justice Fund (ATJF), which was launched in 2009 after the Foundation received a $14.6 million cy-près award, represented the Foundation’s first major round of dedicated Indigenous grantmaking.
As the Foundation prepared to enter its second major round of dedicated Indigenous grantmaking, staff reviewed our experience to date and conducted research into good practices in Indigenous grantmaking. The Foundation’s review made several findings that are consistent with the findings of other organizations and scholars. The Foundation’s research and review suggest 10 good practices to guide the next stage of the Foundation’s Indigenous grantmaking.