Aboriginal-Focused Philanthropy

The Foundation is pleased to highlight the 266 entries received for the Inspiring Approaches to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning Changemakers Competition—an initiative of Ashoka Canada and several foundation partners, including the McConnell Family Foundation, to solicit innovative projects and ideas to improve First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning.
Community Awards finalists will be chosen by a panel of First Nations, Métis and Inuit leaders in education and announced (online) on March 7th. Winners will be chosen by the public, so visit the competition website to vote for your favourite idea or project! Voting ends on March 21st and winners will be announced March 26th.
Regional Awards within Canada and awards for specific areas of learning will also be given—click here for a full list of awards. Winners will be celebrated at a national summit to be held in Gatineau April 16-18.
The Public Policy Forum recently released the Aboriginal Youth Collaborative Feasibility Study, which confirms broad based support for developing a multi-sector approach to fostering new ways to empower and enable Aboriginal youth to fulfill their goals.
The study summarizes interviews and roundtables with over 75 participants, including Aboriginal youth leaders and senior representatives from Aboriginal organizations, businesses, foundations, governments, and NGOs. Providing a basis for further action, the study also outlines a potential collaborative model and proposes next steps.
Learn more about the study here.