The Wisdom of the Past is the Seed of the Future

Sacred Fire Foundation supports the continuance of Indigenous wisdom and strives to raise awareness about the values of the Indigenous worldview as a way to effect social change and transform the world in which we live.

Indigenous peoples hold the moral reserve of the world.

—Onondaga Chief Oren Lyons


Protecting the Sacred

Through a strong participatory partnership model, our Grant Program works with Indigenous communities worldwide to ensure that their ancestral wisdom can continue to flourish for generations to come.

Honoring Indigenous Elders

Indigenous elders are keepers of the wisdom that our ancestors cultivated through the ages. We honor and support them through our Wisdom Fellowship Award.

Raising Awareness

Through our Events and Media Program we provide opportunities for people to experience Indigenous wisdom and learn how to apply these values in their daily life.


Focus Areas

We’ve awarded more than 50 grants in 15 countries spread across 5 continents.

Select a focus area above or click on a grant in the map to find out more information.

Apply for a grant


Connect with Ancestral Wisdom

Upcoming Events

Voices of Wisdom gatherings provide opportunities to listen and learn from Indigenous elders in an intimate ritual setting.

October 2019

Recent Blog Posts

Voices for the Water

By Alison Wearing For most of us, water is available at the simple turn of a tap. It’s easy to lose our connection to its source, its significance, its spiritual essence. But there are people among us with a deep connection to water and its wisdom, Indigenous elders...

Dance as an Act of Love

For more than twenty-five years, elder Pahan Pte San Win (Lakota, Cree & Metis) has been offering counseling support to residential school survivors, incarcerated men and youth, and women who have experienced abuse. In 2016, she had a vision: We will dance on...

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