Inspiring Approaches to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning

Inspiring Approaches to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning

Competition Information

Competition News

THANK YOU

The "Inspiring Approaches to First Nation, Métis and Inuit Learning" Initiative was a huge success. Thank you to all 266 entrants, partners, award sponsors, network partners, and Initiative advisors. Click here to see all the award winners.

We had our Summit from April 16 - 18, 2012, where we celebrated all of our 30 award winners. The summit featured keynote talks with President Mary Simon of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, President Clément Chartier of the Métis National Council, the Right Honourable Paul Martin, former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Phil Fontaine and Commissioner Wilton Littlechild of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It was truly an inspiring event and we hope that the momentum continues.

You can read blog posts from the summit by our team or citizen journalists by visiting the following links:
Day 1 by Joey Flowers
On Paul Martin's Speech by Shawna Snache
Day 2 by Joey Flowers
Day 3 by Joey Flowers
Reflections on the Summit by Scott Serson

We are working on uploading all the photos from the summit. To see the current batch, click here. To see the slideshow that was shown on the final day of the summit, click here

This doesn't end here. Changemakers.com has a new feature called "Changeshops". Through this tool, social innovators (like you!), create virtual storefronts (“changeshops”) for their ideas and projects. Each Changeshop contains core information, demonstrating an innovation’s growth and impact, and serves as a place for posting offers and needs. Changeshop helps innovators find the funding, networks, and talent they need to grow. You can convert your entry to Changeshop by visiting here.

If you would like to contact us further about the Initiative, e-mail us at fnmi-learning@ashoka.org. Once again, the Changemakers team thanks everyone for their support.

Our mantra is “Everyone a Changemaker.” That means you. Join us. And be at the center of change.

Awards and Criteria

AWARDS AND CRITERIA: HOW TO MAKE YOUR IDEA OR PROJECT A WINNING ENTRY

Welcome to the Changemakers Initiative: Inspiring Approaches to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning. We want to hear about your great idea or project to help First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners succeed in the classroom and beyond. Before you complete the entry form, please read the following information to learn more about the awards and how you can win.

Respect cultural community protocols and get permission to share ideas or practices that may be owned by other people, a community or cultural group. If you need help, ask a respected Elder or traditional teacher.

Why you should enter:

  • You can win award ranging from $500 to $5,000.
  • Your idea or project might catch the attention of one of our partners who is interested in providing additional funding and support.
  • All entries are posted on line so you can learn from other people who are making a difference and gain exposure for your idea or project.

INITIATIVE GUIDELINES

Who can enter Inspiring Approaches to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Learning?

  • Individuals, groups or organizations in Canada and around the world can enter. If you are submitting an entry from outside of Canada, please describe how your idea or project would respect and benefit First Nations, Métis, and Inuit learners in Canada.
  • Your idea or project should support First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners to succeed in the classroom and beyond. All entries should demonstrate applicability to Aboriginal peoples. We believe in holistic learning and welcome entries in a wide variety of learning settings.

Note: Some awards are restricted to entries from certain geographical locations, with a specific focus or submitted by a certain demographic or age group. See description of Awards for full details.

How to Enter

Please refer to these step-by-step instructions in the Entry form to help you create a successful entry.

Assessment Criteria

What will the entries be judged on?

Innovation: Innovation means how your idea or project creatively builds on strengths or addresses challenges. For example, your idea or project might use traditional teachings to make a difference today, or you may have creative ways to get people involved or make use of the limited resources you have. So let us know what is innovative about your idea or project.

Social Impact: Social impact means we need to know how your idea or project makes life better for those around you, so please describe how your idea or project supports improved learning for First Nations, Métis and Inuit people.

Sustainability: Sustainability means having or acquiring the resources and support you need to keep your idea going after you launch it. This might include getting more funding, volunteers, or building partnerships. You can describe any support you have received and any support you plan to get in the future.

Note: Some awards are restricted to entries from certain geographical locations, with a specific focus or submitted by a certain demographic or age group. See description of Awards for full details.

Who decides what ideas or projects can win awards?

Entries will be reviewed in one of two ways:

1) For the Community Awards, a panel of judges composed of First Nations, Métis and Inuit leaders in education will choose the award finalists based on the
Criteria and Initiative focus
. The finalist entries are then announced online, and people can log in and vote for their favourite ideas or projects. The entries with the most online votes win the Community Awards.

2) For all other awards, the award sponsors and/or the Ashoka Changemakers team will select the winning entries based on the the
Criteria and Initiative focus
. Early entry awards will also be selected by the Ashoka Changemakers team.

Important Dates:


The last day to SUBMIT your entry is 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on January 27, 2012.

Here are some other important dates to keep in mind:

December 7, 2011: Early Entry Award Deadline. Get your entry in before this date if you want to have a chance to win the Early Entry Awards.

December 21, 2011: Early Entry Award Winners Announced.

January 27, 2012: Entry Deadline.

March 7, 2012: Online voting begins for Community Awards. Your chance to vote for your favourite ideas or projects!

March 21, 2012: Online voting ends for Community Awards.

March 26, 2012: All Award Winners Announced. Winners will be notified by email and notice of the winners will be posted on the Changemakers.com/fnmi-learning website.

April 16-18, 2012: Celebration Summit. Award winners may be invited to a celebration of First Nations, Métis and Inuit education and learning.

Awards

Early Entry Awards

  • One of two Early Entry Awards: $500 (each)
    Awarded to the top entries submitted by 5pm EST on December 7, 2011.

    (Open to entries from across Canada and internationally)

National and International Awards:

  • Community Awards: 3 awards of $5,000 (each)

    Awarded to entries with the most votes from the online community

    Entries from outside of Canada will be eligible for one of the three awards
  • Donner Canadian Foundation Community Awards: 2 awards of $2,500 (each)

    Awarded to top entries from across Canada

Regional Awards within Canada:

  • Donner Canadian Foundation Award for Innovations from Alberta: 1 award of $2,500

    Awarded to the top entry from Alberta
  • The First Nations Education Council and the Regroupement des centres d’amitié autochtones du Québec Award: 2 awards of $500 (each)

    Awarded to the top entries related to education and employment in Quebec
  • The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation Award: 1 award of $2,500

    Awarded to the top project or idea from Quebec
  • The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation Award: 1 award of $2,500

    Awarded to the top project or idea from Manitoba or Saskatchewan
  • Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation Award from the Maritimes: 1 award of $5,000

    Awarded to the top Early Childhood Education entry from the Maritimes Maritimes (Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick).

  • The North-South-Partnership for Children Award: 1 award of $1,000

    Awarded to an idea or project pertaining to the Far North in Ontario

  • RBC Awards for the Far North: 3 awards of $5,000 (each)

    Awarded to top entries from or pertaining to the Far North in Canada (north of 60°Latitude
  • Vancouver Foundation Awards: 2 awards of $5,000 (each)

    Awarded to the top entries from British Columbia

Awards for Specific Areas of Learning:

  • The Counselling Foundation of Canada & Canadian Education & Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC) Awards: 3 awards of $1,000 (each)

    Awarded to the top entries pertaining to career education and workplace learning in Canada
  • The Girls Action Foundation Awards: 3 awards of $1,000 (each)

    Awarded to the top entry addressing Aboriginal education submitted by a First Nations, Métis or Inuit young woman (under 30 years of age)
  • The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation Award: 1 award of $5,000

    Awarded to the top entry for post-secondary education from across Canada
  • The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation Award: 2 awards of $2,500 (each)

    One award to the top entry for student retention from across Canada

    One award to the top entry for sport and healthy living from across Canada
  • Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation and Lawson Foundation Awards: 2 awards of $5,000 (each)

    Awarded to the top Early Childhood Education entries from across Canada

  • Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative Awards: 5 awards of $1,000 (each)

    Awarded to top entries pertaining to elementary and secondary classroom education in Canada

The chances of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received. Early entry award winners will be announced on December 21, 2012. All other award winners will be announced on March 26, 2012.

General Terms and Conditions

1. The Initiative is open to entrants who are 13 years of age or older as of the Initiative Deadline. If an entrant is under the age of majority in the jurisdiction in which he/she resides, he/she must have the permission of his/her parent or legal guardian to enter the Initiative. Employees, representatives or mandataries of Ashoka Canada, any individual who is a judge of the Initiative and any individual domiciled with any of the foregoing are ineligible to enter the Initiative.

2. By entering the Initiative entrants agree that their personal information may be used by Ashoka Canada for the purposes of administering the Contest and for contacting the selected entrant and that the winner’s name, organization and geographic location may be published on a winner’s list which may be published by a third party for Contest marketing purposes. Please visit the “Review” section of the entry form to opt out. All entries will be provided to Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, Ashoka’s global parent organization. The personal information in your entry may be collected, used, disclosed, transferred and stored in the United States and will be subject to the laws and regulations in the United States. To obtain written information about how your personal information may be collected, used and disclosed outside of Canada, you may contact: cbrownridge@ashoka.org.

3. Any component of the application must be an original work, created by the entrant and over which the entrant has all necessary rights, title, and interest, including copyright. The entrant may not infringe upon the intellectual property rights, or defame or invade the publicity or privacy rights of any third party, living or deceased. All intellectual property rights in a submission are retained by the entrant who made the submission. Ashoka Canada retains the right to maintain, display and use all entries on its website in perpetuity.

4. Ashoka Canada is not responsible for any computer errors or malfunctions, any failure of the website during the time that the Initiative is running, or any problems or technical malfunction of any computer on-line systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email or entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, or any combination thereof including any injury or damage to an entrant's or any other person's computer or other property related to or resulting from downloading any material in the Initiative all of which may affect a person's ability to participate in the Initiative.

5. All entrants and the winner assume any and all liability for injuries caused, or claimed to be caused by participating in the Initiative or the acceptance, possession or use of any prize awarded including but not limited to damages for personal injury or property damage.

6. Subject to the jurisdiction in Quebec to the Quebec Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux, Ashoka Canada reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to cancel, withdraw, amend, terminate or suspend the Initiative in whole or in part for any reason. Any attempt to deliberately damage any website or to undermine the legitimate operation of the Initiative is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, Ashoka Canada reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution.

7. All entries are subject to verification and Ashoka Canada reserves the right to cancel and revoke any entries, and to remove them from the Changemakers website if they are found, in the sole discretion of Ashoka Canada, to be inappropriate, offensive, derogatory or in any other way improper, or if the entrant is found not to be eligible pursuant to the Initiative Guidelines. In the event of a dispute regarding who submitted an entry, online entries will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the person who is assigned an email address by an internet provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g. business, educational institute, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. A selected entrant may be required to provide proof that he/she is the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the selected entry. Proof of submitting an entry is not proof of receipt by Ashoka Canada.

8. In order to be declared a winner, an entrant who is selected as such may be required by Ashoka Canada to sign a declaration of compliance with the Initiative Guidelines and a release (including a publicity release), in a form acceptable to Ashoka Canada, releasing Ashoka Canada from any and all claims arising from participation in the Initiative.

9. By participating in this Contest, entrants agree to be bound by the Initiative Guidelines, by the Terms of Use published on the Changemakers.com, to the extent that they are applicable to entries made in this Initiative, and the decisions of Ashoka Canada, which decisions shall be final and binding upon all entrants. This Contest is void where prohibited by law and is subject to all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws and regulations.

10. Any litigation respecting the conduct or organization of a publicity contest may be submitted to the Régie des alcohols, des courses et des jeux in Quebec for a ruling. Any litigation respecting the awarding of a prize may be submitted to the board only for the purposes of helping the parties reach a settlement.

Cultural Protections and Important Legal Information

Keep in mind that whenever you post an idea or project on the Internet, it is available to people around the world. We will encourage people visiting the website to respect cultural community protocols and to contact you for permission before they use your idea. However, we cannot guarantee everyone will follow these guidelines.

Need help or more information?

We have people available to help you complete your entry. You can contact these community mobilizers at fnmi-learning@ashoka.org or call 416-646-2333.

For general information on the Changemakers Initiative: Inspiring Approaches to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning contact fnmi-learning@ashoka.org or call 416-646-2333.

Welcome Letter

Welcome to the Changemakers Initiative: Inspiring Approaches to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning

Ashoka Changemakers celebrates ideas and projects that make a difference.

We invite you to share your ideas or projects that support First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners to succeed.

Maybe you have a dream about wilderness skills training, or you have come up with a new approach to early childhood learning; perhaps you have designed a distance mentoring program, or have a new way to bring music to your school, or have developed an approach to career and workplace training tailored for Aboriginal Peoples. As long as your focus is on learning, inside or beyond the classroom, we want to hear about it!

By entering your idea or project in the online Changemakers contest, you may win awards ranging from $500 to $5,000.

All of the entries will be posted online, so that everyone can learn about the great ideas you have.

We welcome entries that are specific to First Nations, Métis or Inuit Peoples, or are applicable to all three Aboriginal cultural groups. We also welcome entries that are not specifically Aboriginal in focus but can demonstrate their applicability to Aboriginal Peoples. Entries can come from individuals, groups or organizations from Canada and around the world. We have people available to help if you have any questions about completing the entry form. Get your entry in early, and you may win extra awards.

Some ideas or projects may be based on First Nations, Métis or Inuit culture or teachings. Please respect cultural and community protocols by getting permission to share cultural teachings or practices that may be owned by other people, communities or cultural groups.

Entries must be received by January 27, 2012, so read the Awards Criteria and Guidelines and then get started on your entry form. Award winners will be announced in March 2012, and may be invited to a sharing and celebration Summit to be held in the spring of 2012.

Everyone is a Changemaker when we share and support good ideas for creating positive change - so enter now!

PLEASE NOTE: When you Nominate an idea or project, it is only a recommendation. If you want to nominate an idea or project, you must click the "Nominate" button above. To Enter an idea or project, you must click the "Enter an Idea" button above. Only entries that have been Entered will be eligible for awards.

Partners

Note: Entries will remain visible on the Changemakers online site so that others can learn from and be inspired by your ideas or projects. Ownership of the idea or project remains solely with the entrant. Please respect Aboriginal knowledge and culture. Contact the entrant directly, or through Changemakers if you see a great idea or project on the website that you would like permission to use.

WinnerDreamCatcher Mentoring: E-Mentoring for Northern High School Students
WinnerCleq’melt: Groups for Aboriginal children and youth in Schools and Community
WinnerUrban ButterfliesJoy Chalmers
WinnerTo Learn: Sharing, Wisdom, Strength and UnityPauline Theoret
WinnerFirst Nations Studies ExpoDanita Lewis
WinnerAboriginal High School Mentorship ProgramJennifer Wolters
WinnerOjibway Language Books for ChildrenRoxanne Martin
WinnerAboriginal ECERSMarc Lalonde
WinnerJust Move ItMathieu Larose
Winner“Increasing Aboriginal Economic Inclusion through the Use of E-Learning Technology in the Aboriginal Community"
WinnerAboriginal eMentoring BC
WinnerPorteurs de rêves et boîte d’outils pour un enseignement des arts visuels autochtones à l’école secondaireMendy Bossum Launière
WinnerExchanges Unite Us - Intercultural Exchanges in NWTKiera Kolson
WinnerTASK (Trade Awareness, Skills & Knowledge)Stu Rhodes
WinnerNunatsiavut Government Sponsored Bachelor of Social Work ProgramSandy Kershaw
WinnerBalancing Strategies: Self-Directed Life and Career Exploration for Indigenous StudentsGina Starblanket
WinnerArtsCan CircleCarol Teal
WinnerActua in the NorthJennifer Flanagan
WinnerDechinta Bush University, Denendeh (NWT)Erin Freeland Ballantyne
WinnerMi’kmaq Music, Songs and Stories for BabiesCarol McDougall
WinnerA Tap on the Shouldergerri zacharias
WinnerSkins Workshops on Aboriginal Storytelling and Video Game DesignJason Lewis
WinnerDialogue & accompagnement d'adolescents autochtones par l'art.Sonia Basile-Martel
WinnerMaking Dreams A RealityMarilyn Lamb
WinnerElephant Thoughts First Nations and Inuit EducationLisa Farano
WinnerImagination Library - Free books for preschoolersKaren Davis
WinnerIndigenous Women in Community Leadership (IWCL) program
WinnerAboriginal Student LinksDoug Dokis
WinnerAteliers de formation du Wapikoni mobileManon Barbeau

Finalists





Judges Panel

Christy Bressette

Coordinator, Aboriginal Education, Council of Ministers of Education, Canada

Jasmine Learning

Youth Judge,

Kelly Lendsay

President and CEO, Aboriginal Human Resource Council

Nathan Matthew

Director of Aboriginal Education, Thompson Rivers University

Noella Steinhauer

VP Education, Indspire

Terry Fortin

Education Consultant, Quality Learning Solutions, Inc.

Udloriak Hanson

Special Advisor to the President, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami