Are you an Indigenous youth aged 13-30!?

Apply for up to $500 to lead an online/virtual event or project!

The #IndigenousYouthRise COVID-19 support fund is a grant to support Indigenous youth and promote community wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic!

The Support Fund offers up to $500 for online projects that occur in Canada and are Indigenous Youth led (ages 13-30). All you need to do is submit a short application for the event/project you want to lead! Projects must take place virtually and can include:

  • Art based workshops & gatherings (beading, drumming, painting, weaving, carving, poetry, music, etc.)
  • Online concerts, talent shows or performances
  • Educational webinars (medicines, mental health, cultural teachings, language, Indigenous youth perspectives, etc.)
  • Storytelling, video projects or podcasts
  • Care packages
  • Online community games, challenges & contests (social media, charades, scavenger hunts, IQ games, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, jigging, powwow, virtual sports, etc.)
  • Indigenous youth advocacy (roundtables on specific issues, panel discussions, etc.)
  • Skill and knowledge development training or courses (leadership, mental health training, masterclasses, etc.)
  • We believe that Indigenous youth deserve to stay connected during this time,

    and we want to support you to do that 😊

How to Apply:

  • Applications open on Sept 15th, 2020 and the deadline to apply is Sept 30th, 2020
  • If you need any support with an application or project just ask us, we are here to help!
  • Send your questions and completed application to

Download the Support Fund Guidelines here!

Info & Guidelines

Download the Support Fund Application here!



Checkout what Indigenous youth have been doing for their communities!


The programs we have are working really well the weeks are filled with programs we have a support circle every monday we have homework help every wednesday and every other tuesday we have our youth council meetings the programs have brought so many youth together and honestly the most I’ve seen them smile.

Tashie Broadbent

My name is Natasha Broadent. I am 15 years old and I live in Manitou Rapids. I used to live in a southern city named London Ontario, I liked living there but mostly because of the people there like my friends and family. Our family has always wanted to move north but we never really put enough enough. We moved because of my dads family, My dad was part of the 60s Scoop and never met his parents, him and my mom vigorously searched for any of his family, it was a real struggle for my dad because he often would fall into the belief that they did not want him. After a few years my dad found his mom in Rainy River First Nations. It was a very emotional reunite and we decided as family to move up to Manitou to reconnect with the family and who we are as aboriginal people. It was hard to leave everything behind and have a brand new environment, but I do not regret it. Living here and being a youth means I get to see first hand on what my peers are going through. They are wonderful people filled with laughter and happiness, but they still have immense amount of trauma and mental health issues, the worst part is that no one listens to these youth, they often turn to unhealthy resources like drugs, alcohol and self harm. I noticed this and new that all they wanted was to be somewhere where they are not judged and they are not looked down upon, they just want to be loved and accepted. I was determined to do what I can to help them.

Natu Broadbent

My name is Nathaniel Broadbent I prefer to go by Natu. I’m 15 years old and live in a small community called Manitou Rapids. Compared to where I live now I use to live in a southern city called London Ontario I lived there all my life however I do not remember over half of my life only small little glimpses of good things that happened but I believe it’s good I don’t remember the bad parts the only reason I lived in London was because my father was a victim of the sixties scoop and my dad was adopted to a British family in Timmins Ontario and my father was actually on his way to Sarnia Ontario for a job and met my mom in Strathroy Ontario and they pretty much stuck with each other forever still together this day my mom was a big change in his life my dad has been looking for his birth family for 38 plus years and found his mother 5 years ago and their first time meeting was the first time his mother has ever touched him after 30 something years of not knowing if he was alive until 2015 when she got an email saying her son was trying to find where his mother is and if she was still alive but now after a few years my whole family moved up to Manitou Rapids.

Marcel Horton

Marcel was raised in his community of Rainy River First Nations/Manitou Rapids, where he currently resides with his wife and two children. Marcel holds strong ties to his home and has worked throughout his adult life in positions of employment that would allow him to support his community, whether that be suring his time as both an OPP and First Nations police constable, community Education Counsellor, or community leader during his tenures as a Council Member. Being active in the community has helped ground Marcel in the realities and challenges that face many First Nations and the need for all to work collaboratively to ensure the community is home, a safe place, a place of acceptance, understanding and support for its Members.

We hosted a Floor Hockey Tournament in February, did a We Matter presentation to the community over March break, and did a trip out to Old Whitesand for an on the land activity before the end of the year!

Tenika Wabason

My name is Tenika M. Wabason. I’m from Whitesand First Nation currently living in Thunder Bay. On the weekends I’m in Whitesand I like to help and participate in the community events. Other things I like to do is watch Netflix, naps, or listen to music. 
I’m a part of the Ontario Support Network because I want to help Whitesand come together as a community. Also, to experience what the other communities are doing, like their projects or events. The Ontario Support Network will help me take on leadership roles, especially when going through struggles.

Brad Bouchard
Community Guide

Bojou, Ahnnii, Hello! My name is Brad Bouchard and I am the Community Guide for Whitesand First Nation for the We Matter Ontario Support Network. I am also the Child & Youth Strategy Worker for Whitesand. I really enjoy working with the youth from our community because I see a lot of potential in them. They strive to learn new things in their lives. I am working with Tenika Wabason and Jared Nodin as the Ambassadors for WFN. The thing I really like about being part of the We Matter OSN is all the support you receive from the coordinators and team. They are always there to help out with ideas and the youth’s projects. We will be planning an On-the Land outing where the youth will be able to camp out and learn about the old ways. We will be learning about culture, traditions, ceremonies and listening to the elder’s stories. We also have tournaments as our community youth are very competitive and love to play against each other. We have had the chance to teach the youth how to curl this year in our curling rink. All ages are always part of the activities we run and seem to always have the communities support. I really would like to thank the We Matter Team for giving Whitesand First Nation’s youth a chance to be part of the Ontario Support Network and we will be posting more pics of our community. sending a cha mii-gwetch to you all!