Our purpose is to support recreational, social, cultural and environmental activities that enhance the Waskesiu experience.
We do that each and every day through the help of generous donors, community partners, volunteers and supporters like you. Cheers!
We set down roots in 1999 as a registered charity. Originally called the Waskesiu Townsite Society Inc., our first project was to facilitate the resurfacing of the tennis courts.
In 2001, a severe outbreak of spruce budworm posed a threat to the white spruce forest in Waskesiu. The community urged Parks Canada to take action - which they did - on the condition the community raise and contribute about two-thirds of the total cost. This led to our leadership role in accepting donations, which meant our mandate had to be expanded and charitable purposes updated. At the same time, we changed our name to The Waskesiu Foundation Inc.
The response from the community for funding to fight the spruce budworm infestation was immediate and successful. Community leaders quickly recognized that more – much more – could be accomplished in Waskesiu through us. Their instincts proved to be correct.
Today, we continue to be strong and vibrant by partnering with community groups & donors, consistently identifying community-valued projects, raising sufficient funds, and constantly improving Waskesiu. Since 1999, we've raised nearly $4 million to re-invest in Waskesiu and area. Thanks to the generosity of donors and community partners, you can see (and enjoy) the results of that investment throughout the Waskesiu townsite, and beyond.
We recognize that we exist through the generosity of our donors, and we strive to nurture, encourage and develop ongoing relationships with them.
We seek to understand, respect and honour the perspectives and experience of others as we strive to enhance Waskesiu as a beautifully rich and diverse community.
We work closely with other Waskesiu community organizations to advance our mission.
We manage all funds in a transparent and responsible way.
Our objects & purposes are the set of rules we work within as a charity to benefit the Waskesiu community. This framework guides our decision making. Before we take on any project or activity, we make sure it meets our objects & purposes.
The objects, purposes and operation of The Waskesiu Foundation Inc. shall be limited exclusively to charitable purposes that benefit the community of Waskesiu, Saskatchewan ("Waskesiu") and/or the area of Prince Albert National Park of Canada ("Prince Albert National Park") adjacent to or immediately surrounding Waskesiu Lake (the "Waskesiu Area") as follows:
(a) providing financial support for preserving, enhancing, constructing and/or renovating facilities and other amenities, used or enjoyed by visitors to Waskesiu and/or the Waskesiu Area for recreational, social, cultural and other like activities;
(b) providing financial support for preserving, enhancing, constructing and/or renovating facilities and other amenities used or enjoyed by the seasonal and/or permanent residents of Waskesiu for recreational, social, cultural and other like activities;
(c) funding and promoting activities, programs or projects that preserve, enhance and/or protect the culture or heritage of Waskesiu, the Waskesiu Area and/or Prince Albert National Park;
(d) providing financial support to the Government of Canada ("Canada") or to Parks Canada Agency ("Parks Canada"), or their respective successors, for activities, programs or projects undertaken by Canada or Parks Canada within, or affecting, Waskesiu, the Waskesiu Area and/or Prince Albert National Park;
(e) providing financial support to Canada or to Parks Canada in relation to facilities and other amenities constructed, replaced, removed and/or renovated within or affecting Waskesiu and/or the Waskesiu Area;
(f) funding and promoting activities, programs or projects that preserve, enhance or protect the environment within Waskesiu and/or the Waskesiu Area, including without limitation:
We are a registered charity. Our legal name is The Waskesiu Foundation Inc. Our charitable registration number is 872159074 - RR0001.