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BC Ideas—Winners Announced

The Foundation congratulates the winners of the online Ashoka Changemakers competition, BC Ideas: Solutions for Stronger Communities. BC Ideas sought innovative solutions to complex health, social, and environmental challenges facing British Columbia communities.

Selected from 466 entries, 33 competition winners received grants of $500 to $20,000, including one from the Foundation awarded to Beauty Night, an organization building self esteem and changing the lives of women and girls living in poverty, through wellness training, life skills development, and makeovers.

Visit www.changemakers.com/BCideas to learn more.

Highlights from the Changemakers Summit!

From April 16 to 18 in Gatineau Quebec, nearly 175 people gathered for the national summit celebrating winners of the online Changemakers Competition Inspiring Approaches to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning—a competition of Ashoka Canada, Aboriginal organizations and several foundations, including the McConnell Foundation, to solicit innovative projects and ideas to improve First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning.

Competition winners—30 selected from 266 entries—received a share of $90,000 in prizes and summit attendees heard from featured speakers, including The Right Honourable Paul Martin; Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami; and Commissioner Wilton Littlechild of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. McConnell Foundation President, Stephen Huddart and Senior Program Officer Dana Vocisano also spoke at the event.

On the final day of the summit, The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada (The Circle) joined Askoha Canada to host a session on “The Path Ahead” and discuss plans for The Circle’s Collaborative Circle on Education and Learning.

For more summit highlights, presentations and blog entries, click here.

To learn about the McConnell Foundation’s on-going commitment to Aboriginal-Focused Philanthropy, click here.

Changemakers Competition: Award Winners Announced!

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.

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.

Changemakers Competition Now Open!

It’s official! The Changemakers Competition, Inspiring Approaches to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning, is now open.

The competition—an initiative of Ashoka Canada and several foundation partners, including McConnell—will solicit innovative projects and ideas to improve First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning, using the Changemakers collaborative online platform. The platform will allow participants to share ideas, access resources and connect with a community of innovators from across Canada and around the world.

Prizes will be awarded in each region of the country, and cover Early Childhood Education to Post-Secondary Education and Career Training.

Do you have ideas for new and inspiring approaches to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning? Ashoka Changemakers wants to hear them.

For more information about the competition and awards, visit Changemakers.com.