About Urban Spirit Foundation

The Urban Spirit Foundation is a charitable organization that exists to further the success and self reliance of Urban Aboriginal people in the Metro Vancouver Region. USF was created by the founders of ACCESS a non profit organization formed in 1999 through the collaboration of six Aboriginal community organizations and funded by Human Resources Development Canada to provide education and employment training for the urban Aboriginals living in the region. We are united in our purpose, with the Foundation working to grow philanthropic resources to provide education and employment training opportunities, secondary and post-secondary scholarships and bursaries, and community based programs and projects that move people from poverty to self sufficiency.

MESSAGE

Urban Spirit Foundation (USF) continues to work with and support Urban Indigenous people with employment and training needs during Covid-19.

Although the USF Charity Golf Tournament has been cancelled this year due to Covid-19, USF continues to provide scholarships and grants towards the relief of poverty in the Urban Indigenous community in Metro Vancouver. We are thinking outside the box to find new and innovative means to fundraise as we continue to fund services to the Indigenous community.  

In order to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) made the following call to action: 

We call upon the corporate sector in Canada to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a reconciliation framework and to apply its principles, norms, and standards to corporate policy and core operational activities involving Indigenous peoples and their lands and resources. 

This would include, but not be limited to: 

 #92 (iii) Ensure that Aboriginal peoples have equitable access to jobs, training, and education opportunities in the corporate sector, and that Aboriginal communities gain long-term sustainable benefits from economic development projects.

By supporting USF and its charitable activities with Urban Indigenous people on their journey to success you as an individual or a corporation are advancing the TRC’s Call to Actions.

 

Mission Statement

To provide opportunities for urban Aboriginal people on their journey to success through education and training, secondary and post-secondary scholarships, and the relief of poverty

Philosophy

We ground our work in our core values of
RESPECT - Yourself and Each Other
HONOR - Through Dignity, Honesty and Accountability
SHARING - Our Experiences and Wisdom
KINDNESS - In our Actions