RFP – The Path Forward: Inviting Community Gatherings

RFP – The Path Forward: Inviting Community Gatherings

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Author pmnationtalk
Deadline August 12, 2022
Name Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund
Type RFP
Region ON
Email [email protected]
Sector Public Sector
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Category General
Client Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund

Within the relations of all – to live well

Request for Proposals
The Path Forward: Inviting Community Gatherings

Purpose: The Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund (IPRF), a fund that is built upon the resiliency of, and guided by Indigenous Peoples to support communities and organizations through the current public health crisis. As we move from a pandemic to an endemic environment, we need to create a program of support that will meet communities and organizations where they are at – moving from emergency funding to recovery to rebuilding to sustainability towards planning for the future.

Project Description:

IPRF is seeking consultants/s to facilitate a process that would create opportunities for those who were provided with bundles of support to provide pertinent input and essential direction on how IPRF can best serve their goals now and over the next five (5) to ten (10) years.

We anticipate the use of a survey, and the opportunity to lead circles of conversation (virtually) with Indigenous non-profits, charities, and communities throughout Canada.

This is an opportunity to engage with over 800+ Indigenous-led non-profits, societies, charities, communities, and grassroots initiatives who have made applications to IPRF over the last two (2) years to the sessions, we understand participants may have never been a part of this type of conversation, and an opening concept will need to be shared upfront. IPRF has all the pertinent information to reach the applicants.

From this information, IPRF will use it to shape our new program, which we hope to launch in October 2022. The timeline for the sessions, survey, and report, will take place in August and September.

Ambition: Grounded in the values of the Peoples served,
we honour the voice of Indigenous communities and organizations

The final report would include a regional perspective with a national overview. IPRF respects, honours and will apply OCAP Principles. We encourage creative storytelling that allows for grounded truth and community expression.

Introduction to the Project:

In March of 2020, with the onset of the pandemic, the Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund (IPRF) has had the opportunity to serve the many Indigenous Peoples across Canada by supporting their work through a high-touch application approach. In understanding how our communities support their people, we offered support to non-profits, charities, and communities from coast to coast to coast. IPRF’s leadership, staff, and volunteers are persons from multiple nations, who from their own lived experience and knowledge understand the brilliance and ingenuity in communities across this land.

IPRF is an organization that practices its values of love, humility, and relationship, embodied in cultural stories. Principles include nimbleness, adaptation, collaboration, transparency, and innovation at the root. IPRF knows Indigenous communities and has experienced the limitations that traditional granting unknowingly makes. Our knowledge and understanding that communities know best; is how to support those they serve if supported through ample opportunity.

IPRF’s application approach focuses on the community’s answers rather than the money. By doing so, the applicant has room to answer what is needed to do the best work. It moves away from community needing to fit in a prescribed model that may not align well with their goals, regionality, or other limitations. IPRF applies a high-touch application approach: email, fax, call, Zoom or ask for an oral application with a team member to answer any question someone has. Combined with a simple, flexible application, we seek to meet each applicant where they are at, be it a small non-profit or large charity.

The IPRF Advisory Council and the two original team members have philanthropic and non-profit western world expertise. Applying common threads of leading with relationships and trust has created a dignified and less harmful approach.

At the start of the pandemic, an intentional effort, and mindset shift, to create a dignified and trust-based system for community, have created a potential path to forge better relations with western philanthropy and grant-making.

By applying IPRF’s approach, we see the opportunity for Indigenous-led organizations and private and public foundations to achieve their mandates, through the combination of trust-based philanthropy and IPRF’s inclusion of Indigenous worldviews.

We believe it has provided a less harmful application process and a more open request rather than “trying to get a ‘yes’ application process.”

“Where common memory is lacking,
where people do not share the same past,
there can be no real community.
Where community is to be formed,
common memory must be created.” –
Georges Erasmus, Dene Nation.

Project Requirements:

We seek Indigenous facilitators who understand and have worked with multiple Nations to assist IPRF in:

  • creating a space of respect and safety in each gathering.
  • engages with an abundant mindset for each intentional meeting while mindful of our commonalities and innate differences.
  • respects the time of the people attending on behalf of the organization, acknowledging many staff wears many hats with multiple competing priorities.

Storytelling is a significant part of Indigenous ways of knowing and being. IPRF practices storytelling rather than a story-taking approach. We support and encourage this approach in report writing.

IPRF has four (4) regional review committees which are defined: North (NWT, Yukon & Nunavut), South (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta), and East (Atlantic Provinces, Quebec, Ontario), and West (British Columbia). We expect a minimum of two (2) to a maximum of four (4) sessions in each region. Honorariums will be provided for each participant.

The survey will be sent out to all applicants. The questions will be guided by IPRF with the consultant’s experience and knowledge of surveys.

Proposal Guideline can include but is not limited to the following:

  • Executive Summary
  • Background Information on your business
  • Note relevant experience that would help you deliver our project
  • Note the desire pertinent to undertake the approach of the project
  • Proposed services or deliverables
  • Note how you would approach all the regions
  • Pricing
  • Note the fixed price for the project with itemized costing. Also, note the number of hours you expect the project to take
  • References
  • Include name and contact details
  • Any terms and conditions for working with you

Selection Criteria:

  1. Responsiveness to the requirements outlined in this RFP
  2. Relevant experience and performance
  3. Testimonial of past clients
  4. The quoted cost of the proposed project
  5. IPRF reserves the right to award the contract to the consultant representing the best value to the organization, as determined by IPRF.

RFP and Project timelines:

  • Request for proposal issuance: Thursday, July 21, 2022
  • Deadline for proposal submission: Thursday, August 12, 2022
  • Selection of consultant: Friday, August 19, 2022
  • Start of project: Monday, August 22, 2022
  • Project Completion: Thursday, September 29, 2022
  • Consultants may propose an earlier completion date in their proposal.

Budget: The estimated cost for this project is $25,000-$30,000.

Please submit your proposal in .pdf format to Wanda Brascoupé at [email protected] by Friday, August 12, 2022, at 5:00 pm PST.

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