Editor's note: This post was written by Elisha Muskat, Executive Director, Ashoka Canada.
Ashoka Canada and Ashoka Changemakers invite you to share your ideas or projects that support First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners to succeed, by submitting them to the Inspiring Approaches to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning initiative.
We hope to support your ideas for strengthening the success of First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners. We also hope that participating in the initiative will inspire new ideas and spark potential partnerships that will boost or help launch your project.
This is Changemakers’ first initiative focused on supporting social change in Canada. We’re looking for all kinds of ideas, but to jumpstart your imagination about the kind of innovative social change that is possible, check out these Ashoka Fellows
in Canada and their incredible work making a difference in the field.
What is an Ashoka Fellow?
Ashoka Fellows are leading social entrepreneurs that we recognize offer innovative solutions to social problems with the potential to change patterns across society. Ashoka provides fellows a living stipend for an average of three years, allowing them to focus full-time on building their institutions and spreading their ideas. We also provide our fellows with a global support network of their peers, as well as partnerships with professional consultants. Once elected to the Ashoka Fellowship, fellows benefit from this community for life.
, a member of the Gitsan First Nation of British Columbia, is changing the discriminatory policies and actions toward First Nations children in Canada through a vibrant social movement. Cindy is building a new child welfare system by working directly with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities, and helping them translate their constructive and reconciliatory visions for child welfare into action.
teaches filmmaking skills to Aboriginal youth in order to help them connect, dialogue, document, and share stories about their communities. Operating more than a dozen Wapikoni Mobile film studios, she gives young participants the skills and resources to use their own experiences to create films.
launched Roots of Empathy to reduce childhood aggression by teaching students emotional literacy and fostering the development of empathy, as well as social and emotional competence. Her program brings a parent and infant into a classroom setting; the infant becomes the teacher of empathy. It is embraced by English, French, and Aboriginal communities in every province in Canada.
of Volunteer Now and Free the Children launched a local spotlight, in partnership with the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative, on the challenges facing a fair, quality education for Aboriginal youth. The spotlight raises awareness of the many issues surrounding Aboriginal education and gives secondary and elementary school students as well as teachers the tools they need to learn more and educate others to take action for stronger schools, families, and communities.
invented a method of teaching mathematics that inspires measurable higher performance along with major improvements in students’ self-esteem and attitude towards learning. His organization, Junior Undiscovered Mathematical Prodigies (JUMP), offers resources for teachers, tutors, and parents of elementary school students and spreads this method among public schools that serve low-income students in Canada and the United States, including many First Nations communities.
is empowering youth and adults to help others heal and build healthy relationships using Peacebuilding Circles based on positive values and principles of conflict-resolution, collaborative decision-making, and community development. Inspired by Aboriginal communities’ use of healing circles, her programs inspire respectful, communal communication and personal growth while diminishing violent and disrespectful behaviour.
Inspired yet? Visit the Inspiring Approaches
page to read about more ideas and projects — and submit your own.
Together, we are co-creating solutions. Inspiring Approaches needs your voice!