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.