The Foundation is pleased to congratulate the winners of the online Changemakers Competition Inspiring Approaches to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning. Through the competition, Ashoka Canada, Aboriginal organizations, and several foundations, including the McConnell Family Foundation, solicited innovative projects and ideas to improve First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning. In all, 266 entries were received, 30 of which will take home a share of $90,000 in prizes.
“The Changemakers initiative on First Nations, Metis and Inuit learning demonstrates how much can be achieved when organizations work together with the national Aboriginal leadership” stated The Right Honourable Paul Martin. “I am very pleased to see the range of submissions. The projects and ideas demonstrate that creativity and partnership can combine to create innovative solutions.”
Winners of the 5 McConnell Family Foundation sponsored awards are: Skins Workshops on Aboriginal Storytelling and Video Game Design (Quebec); A Tap on the Shoulder (Manitoba); Aboriginal eMentoring BC (British Columbia); Increasing Aboriginal Economic Inclusion through the Use of E-Learning Technology in the Aboriginal Community (Alberta); and Just Move It (Ontario). For the complete list of award winners, click here.
A national summit in Gatineau April 16-18 will celebrate winners and convene partners in discussions about next steps. Speakers will include The Right Honourable Paul Martin; Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami; and Commissioner Wilton Littlechild of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Click here to learn more about the summit and how you can attend.