Who is behind Indigenous Watchdog?

Douglas Sinclair is a member of the Peguis First Nation of Manitoba and was a member of the Board of Directors for Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST) for over 15 years including serving a three year term as President when NCFST negotiated their Child Welfare mandate with the provincial government. In addition, he was also the Toronto coordinator for the Environics Research Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study and led a team of researchers who conducted interviews with First Nations, Métis and Inuit participants to collect detailed responses to their experiences within an urban context.

Assembly of First Nations

Resolution no. 86/2017” from the Special Chiefs Assembly held in Ottawa on Dec. 5, 6 and 7, 2017: “Support for Indigenous Watchdog

Carried by consensus:

Acknowledge the value of the programming provided through Indigenous Watchdog to ensure that First Nations have comprehensive accessible information on federal, provincial, and municipal government commitments and specific actions and follow-up timelines on reconciliation.

Funding Partner

Indigenous Watchdog awarded funds from Community Foundations of Canada’s Investment Readiness Program  funded by the Government of Canada.

 Toronto, Ontario – March 1, 2021 – As part of Community Foundations of Canada IRP Program, Indigenous Watchdog has received funds to advance to Phase 2 of its evolution into a dynamic, searchable website where any user can access information on critical issues impacting Indigenous lives.

Our investments should aim to alleviate the systemic factors perpetuating inequality, with an eye to a sustainable and inclusive economy for all Canadians.” 

Andrew Churchill, CEO of Community Foundations of Canada

The over-all mission of Indigenous Watchdog is to contribute to and help sustain the national conversation on reconciliation by delivering relevant quality information on Indigenous issues to educate, inform and ultimately transform the dialogue between Indigenous and non – Indigenous Canadians. The initial focus is primarily on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action. Ultimately, the main question asked is: “Is Reconciliation” advancing or not, and if not – why?

The IRP funding will allow Indigenous Watchdog to expand the amount of information currently on the site by approximately 75% and include new sections on:

  • Commitments to Reconciliation
  • Much greater details on Child Welfare, Education, Language and Culture, Health and Justice
  • Treaties and Land Claims
  • Housing and Homelessness
  • Urban Commitments to Reconciliation
  • Environment

Social Purpose Organizations (SPOs) are working on a range of issues and their work is helping to advance all 17 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Now more than ever, these goals are central in ensuring economic development happens in concert with thoughtful social action. 


Thank-you to Community Foundations Canada and their partner Toronto Foundation for selecting Indigenous Watchdog to participate in the IRP Program.

Douglas Sinclair, Publisher, Indigenous Watchdog