Why? Witnesses to the Truth Reconciliation Commission shared their stories and gave advice about the way forward to de-colonize our historical approach to aboriginal education and respect for First Nations.  Many social sector workers acknowledge that we know more now than ever that injustices were carried out but many of us do not know what we can do about it. 5.8% of the residents of Southern Vancouver Island are First Nations. Reconciliation is about a shift in the power imbalance, the TRC Commissioner and Chief Justice Murray Sinclair believes.  And education can move hearts and minds in the healing direction. It sparks dialogue.

Action! United Way and the Canadian Federation of University Women Victoria (CFUW Victoria) are coming together to provide tuition assistance for women employed in a local registered charitable organization, through their choice of courses in indigenous studies.

The CFUW Victoria/United Way Peggy Matheson Educational Grant for Indigenous Studies has been created at Camosun College Foundation through the generous support of lead donors:

  • $8,050 lead gift by The Horner Foundation and a private donor to United Way
  • $2,500 contribution from the Sisters of St Ann Society
  • $12,500 matched by CFUW Scholarship and Bursary Society members and a bequest

This photograph, taken at the CFUW AGM, preceded a stirring address by Shelagh Rogers, OC who was an Honorary Witness to the TRC hearings across Canada.


(L to R: UWGV Director of Philanthropy Marg Rose, Peggy Matheson, and Dawn Jones, CFUW Victoria S&B Society. The Horner Foundation is represented in absentia by the art work displayed.)

The financial goal for this grant is $25,000 to be raised by CFUW Victoria and the United Way. We are 70% there!

Help the Helper

You can participate in reconciliation by joining our giving circle.

Rise with us to reach our goal and enjoy the benefits of a matching challenge put forth by CFUW Victoria. You can help us reach our goal of $25,000 for this endowed award with your contribution towards the final $1,500 remaining.

If you are interested in helping the helpers increase their cross-cultural awareness and build a bridge between cultures through informed practice, please donate today

For more information, contact Marg Rose, Director Philanthropy at 250-220-7365 or email: marg.rose@uwgv.ca



The Horner Foundation was our first seed donor with a generous gift of $8,000. As Tracy Horner Cullen states “the Horner Foundation believes that this scholarship will provide citizens working on the front line of Indigenous and cross-cultural community-building work, with the necessary tools and resources to build bridges and links with all residents of Victoria and beyond. It will also help to bring capacity to our local not for profits, a goal that the Horner Foundation takes very seriously, and is jointly working towards with the Youth Program Quality Initiative. 

Sisters of Saint Ann

“Having served throughout the Pacific Northwest for almost 160 years, The Sisters of Saint Ann recognize and fully support the need of greater  cross-cultural awareness, sensitivity and practice for those who work with Indigenous People.  History has shown that good intentions are not enough!  We are pleased to be part of this important initiative of United Way and the Canadian Federation of University Women.”

Sister Marie Zarowny,
Province Co-Leader,