Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation

The Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation is a private, philanthropic foundation based in Toronto, Canada. The Foundation undertakes research, leadership development and public dialogue so that public policies in Canada reflect a commitment to collaborative stewardship of our freshwater resources and to a people-driven, equitable and evolving North.  Over the past quarter century the Gordon Foundation has invested over $27 million in a wide variety of Northern community initiatives and freshwater protection initiatives.

Mission and Vision

To promote both at home and abroad innovative public policies for the North and in fresh water management based on our values of independent thought, protecting the environment, and full participation of indigenous people in the decisions that affect their well-being.

Guiding Principles

  • We believe that progressive social policies and sound economic policies must be mutually reinforcing.

  • We believe that human development needs must be met in a way that recognizes the imperative to protect the environment.

  • We believe that full participation by Aboriginal Canadians in Canadian society must be secured in ways which respect their unique rights and cultural identity.

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