COVID-19 RELIEF FUND - ONLINE APPLICATION
DEADLINE EXTENDED JULY 3, 2020

PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION CAREFULLY 

COVID-19 RELIEF FUND

Thunderbird Trust Policy & Application

Thunderbird Trustees had an emergency meeting to approve a budget to meet the needs of Members by providing a one-time financial support. They have decided to forgo the usual Call for Proposals for 2020 and instead use those funds towards a onetime COVID-19 Relief Fund during these unprecedented times.

Purpose:

Each Chippewa of the Thames Adult member (18+) can apply to receive a one time $200.00 fund to assist in your personal financial needs during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Eligibility:

  1. Must be registered member of Chippewas of the Thames 18 years or older on, or before July 3, 2020.
  2. Limit ONLY ONE application per qualified applicant.
  

Required Documentation:

1. Proof of Chippewas of the Thames Registration

COPY OF FRONT AND BACK OF STATUS CARD Expired/Lost status cards will require confirmation by Membership Clerk;

DO NOT contact Membership office, we will add your name to a list to be reviewed and confirmed.

2. PHOTO ID

Where a status card is NOT available please provide another PHOTO ID with Name and DOB (i.e.: Driver’s License, Health cards, etc.)

PAYMENT METHOD

DIRECT DEPOSIT SLIP (Does not apply to US Residents)

  • Must provide a copy of your bank direct deposit slip with your name showing.

CHEQUE:

  • Where a Direct Deposit slip cannot be provided a cheque will be issued and mailed to the

    address provided which will take longer.

     

DEADLINE TO APPLY: JULY 3, 2020

APPLICATION PROCESS:

There will be 3 WAYS to apply but we encourage ONLINE applications where possible

1. ONLINE

Applications online at www.thunderbirdtrust.ca

You must be able to upload required documents.

2. FAX

Fax application with supporting document(s) to 1-888-986-9006

2. PHONE (only where necessary please):

  1. CALL 519-264-2626

  2. LEAVE A MESSAGE clearly stating your First and Last Name and Contact Information

  3. RETURN CALL – you will receive a return call and staff will assist in filling out the application for

    you, this will be a slower process so keep in mind.

NO IN-PERSON APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF STAFF AND MEMBERS

Due to the overwhelming volume of applications we anticipate, please be patient with staff. We will do our best to get payments out as quickly as possible.

Thunderbird Trust cannot be held liable for postal system disruptions or delivery issues. There will be ZERO TOLERANCE for harassment and/or disrespectful behavior (COTTFN policy).

DEADLINE TO APPLY EXTENDED: JULY 3, 2020

COVID-19 Relief Fund Online Application

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Thunderbird Trust cannot be held liable for postal system disruptions or delivery issues. There will be ZERO TOLERANCE for harassment and/or disrespectful behavior (COTTFN policy).

OPTIONAL hard copy to sign and return click here:

NO IN-PERSON APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED DUE TO COVID-19

Have Questions About the Trust?

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Phone: (519) 264-2626

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For the People of Deshkan Ziibiing

The Thunderbird Trust

News & Announcements

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Benevolent Purposes

The Thunderbird Trust is mandated to invest into the education, health and history of Chippewas of the Thames.

Christmas Gesture

Every year the Thunderbird Trust assists CTFN citizens with an "Christmas Gesture".

Economic Projects

While the world around us keeps moving, we help keep our community moving. No economic funds in 2020.

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Where the Trust began

We are the beneficiaries of our ancestors

In 1834 an Indian Agent named J.B. Clench made several land deals on behalf of Chippewas of the Thames. At that time the reservation was known as Caradoc Indian Reserve No. 41. Over the next twenty years the Chippewas would petition the Crown for the money made from selling portions of their land. In 1854 a public inquiry came to the conclusion that the federal Crown owed the Chippewas five thousand dollars. The case became known as the “Clench Defalcation Claim”. In the decades to follow, the Crown would delay and deny the money owed. By 1896 the Chippewas had lost patience and hired a lawyer, Andrew Chisholm, to sue the federal Crown. With all the land and money in control of the Crown, the Chippewas had limited resources but they knew they had a strong case. Apparently, so did the Crown as they blocked the Chippewas from accessing their own trust fund in a successful effort to stop the lawsuit. Years would pass and families of Chippewa would struggle to meet basic needs while the Crown and settlers around them flourished…Read More

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Housing

Helping Hand

As mandated by the Trust Agreement, the Thunderbird Trust is able to assist with housing needs and community housing programs. 

Benevolent Funding

Assistance Needed

The Thunderbird Trust has invested into the community in a number of ways. One way we do our part is by investing into projects that directly benefit the Chippewas of the Thames memberships health, land, environment and/or facilities.

Economic Development

Sustainability

We don’t have all the answers to help our community become more economically sustainable, however, we are mandated to contribute.

“the Thunderbird trust is a community trust- it is here to benefit the people from our community.”

Thunderbird Trustees

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Trustees Past and Present

Since 2004

Because the original claim avoided the question of land rights and land ownership, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation (CTFN) agreed to the financial terms of the land claim settlement. Establishing a Trust on behalf of CTFN members was agreed to in a community vote that required the majority of the voting population to agree. The trust is administered by appointed community and community  council members.

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communication is key

Transparent Spending

Making Progress Together

We hold annual community meetings to review our audit and take recommendations. We also host community meetings when amendments are proposed, or other things that may have an impact on the Trust.

As part of our commitment to the community, we contribute to housing, economic development, benevolent projects and emergency funding.

Understanding The Trust

The Thunderbird Trust has an amendment process to reflect the wants and needs of the community. Trustees are voted into their positions every two years.

Community Meetings

We hold annual meetings to provide updates and receive input. Our meetings are announced on our website, newsletters and our social media pages.

Approving Amendments

Making a legal amendment to a trust document is a legal process. We follow the guidelines of the Trust Agreement while implementing amendments.
Trust Portfolio Today
97%
Projects Funded To Date
92%
Distribution Spending To Date
98%

We Learn How Work Together For Each Other

All efforts to improve the Trust are community efforts. We exercise transparency by making updated information available to all members of Chippewas of the Thames First Nation. 

important things you should know

Questions And Answers

Theoretically, yes the Trust does have a termination date. However, the termination date is set for twenty years after the last surviving member of Chippewas of the Thames passes away.

The Thunderbird Trust Agreement governs the trust, which was ratified by the nation’s members at a referendum.  The province of Ontario have jurisdiction over statute laws, which governs the trust as well. Provincial income tax laws also apply.

The Investment Policy Statement provides the investment managers the guidelines and restrictions on how the money must be spent.

The Investment Policy Statement is a document approved by the trustees that outlines to the investment manager how the money is to be invested.

The current elected trustees must ensure the trust laws are followed. The Trustees follow the governing policies that are in the trust agreement.

Any investments in stocks and bonds require taking risks.  The Investment Policy Statement gives the ranges in which the investment manager can trade on the stock market in Canadian, U.S., and international markets.  If they go outside these parameters The Clench Fraud Trustees can take action against Ridgewood Capital Asset Management for breaching the Investment Policy Statement.

Rodgers Consulting provides advice on trust matters and serves as the watchdog on the work of the investment managers.

Investments of capital cannot be used to loan money to the First Nation.  Income generated can be dispersed as a loan to the First Nation and charged an interest rate for borrowing.  Promissory notes given to the First Nation are not considered loans and normally would not be charged an interest rate.

Trustees for 2019/2021

  • Austin Henry, Chair
  • Megan Huff, Vice Chair
  • Monty McGahey II
  • Michelle French
  • Leona Grosbeck
  • Michelle Burch
  • Terri Fisher