Inspiring Approaches to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning

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 [email protected]. 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.

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Prizes
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.