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RCE Luncheon with Charles Hopkins (March 20, 2012): Outcomes Document

Please find attached the outcomes document from the RCE luncheon with Professor Charles Hopkins along with business and other community leaders held at the Saskatchewan Science Centre on March 20, 2012. Thank you to Garth Pickard for his role in preparation of the final version of this document and all those who made the event a great success!--Roger

Video of Habitat for Humanity Sod Turning in Nipawin (April 13, 2012)

Please see the following wonderful video on the good work being done by Nipawin in building its first Habitat for Humanity house. I will also post Lyle's congratulatory comments to the Nipawin team. Here is the Link to the video:

Congratulatory E-mail from Lyle Benko to Chris Hudyma:

Congratulations Chris and of course also the warmest regards to the family, and recognition to the community of Nipawin and the rest of our partners; for truly being a "living laboratory" for our U.N.U. Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) Saskatchewan and our global RCE's now numbering 100 worldwide.

I will make sure that this "amazing" celebration and benchmark event is posted on our global U.N.U.. and RCE global websites. The world is truly learning about "Well Being for ALL" from your good work and partnership model with RCE Saskatchewan.
All the best.

Lyle Benko
RCE Saskatchewan

Changemakers Summit: Inspiring Approaches to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning, April 16-18, Gatineau, Quebec

Dear Friends,

As you know, the Changemakers Summit for our initiative, Inspiring
Approaches to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning is around the corner,
April 16-18 in Gatineau, QB. Please see the media alert below and attached.

If we don't see you there, please join the awards ceremony via livestream:

Best wishes,
The Ashoka Canada Team

April 12, 2012


Aboriginal Education Initiatives Receive Awards in Gatineau --Ashoka Canada
hosts first ever Changemakers Summit--

What: An outreach program in the Far North that helps youth to discover
science, technology, engineering and math careers; and a project that links
musicians and artists with Aboriginal youth at risk are among the award
winners from across the country that will be honoured at the Summit.

Manon Barbeau, founder of Wapikoni Mobile, and Jennifer Flanagan from Actua
in the North and 28 other award winners will be there.

Over $90,000 will be awarded to innovators and leaders in recognition of
their work in First Nations, Métis and Inuit education and learning, at the
Ashoka Canada Changemakers Summit to be held April 16-18, 2012 in Gatineau,
Quebec.  A first in Canada, the online initiative “Inspiring Approaches to
First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning” received over 266 entries – thirty
of which have been selected for awards.

Event Highlights:  Day 2, April 17th

9:00-9:20 – Keynote: The Right Honourable Paul Martin will speak about his
focus on Aboriginal education and the importance of partnerships within this
9:20  - 10:35: Panel on First Nations Métis and Inuit Strategies featuring
President Mary Simon of Inuit Tapiirit Kanatami,  President  Clement
Chartiér of  the Métis Council of Canada and Chief Morley Googoo of the
Assembly of First Nations
12:30  Keynote:  Phil Fontaine, Special Advisor, RBC and Former National
Chief, AFN

1:45pm – 3:30pm  -- Awards Presentation featuring the 30 award winners from
coast to coast to coast interspersed  with Traditional First Nation, Métis
and Inuit entertainment
7:30 pm  Keynote: Commissioner Wilton Littlechild from The Truth and
Reconciliation Commission of Canada

To register please call: (416) 646-2333 or register online at:

Who: Ashoka Canada is hosting the event.

Featured Speakers and Honourable Guests:  
•   The Right Honourable Paul Martin
•   Mary Simon, President, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
•   Clément Chartier, President, Métis National Council
•   Commissioner Wilton Littlechild,  Truth and Reconciliation
•   Chief Googoo, Assembly of First Nations
•   Former National Chief Phil Fontaine
•   Stephen Huddart, CEO, J. W. McConnell Family Foundation
•   Bruce Lawson, Executive Director, The Counselling Foundation of
•   Lucie Santoro, Director of Administration, Martin Aboriginal
Education Initiative

Why: Ashoka Canada believes there is a tremendous and urgent opportunity to
embrace innovative initiatives that support First Nations, Métis and Inuit
learners to succeed in education and lifelong learning.
For the first time in Canada, philanthropic organizations including
Community Foundations, private foundations and corporate funders, have come
together to begin a new and more comprehensive conversation to develop
strategies urgently needed to improve education outcomes for First Nations,
Métis and Inuit Peoples.
Ashoka Canada engaged with leading philanthropic and citizen sector
organizations, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, to launch and guide the
Inspiring Approaches Initiative.

The Counselling Foundation of Canada, Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation,
The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, RBC Foundation, Lawson Foundation,
Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation

Who Should Attend: Aboriginal leaders, innovators, educators, award winners,
philanthropic organizations, funders

When:   April 16 – 18, 2012

Chateau Cartier, Gatineau, Quebec
Address: 1170 Aylmer Road
Telephone: (819) 778-0000
Toll-free: 1-800-807-1088

More details at:
Contact:Elisha Muskat
Executive Director
Ashoka Changemakers
Tel: 416-646-2333

Video on Recent Extreme Climate Events

The following short video provides a summary of recent extreme climate events:

Regina Public Library Seminar on Reducing Your Environmental Impact, April 18, 2012

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
7:00-8:00 pm
You can be green! In honour of Earth Day, The Connaught Branch of the Regina
Public Library invites you to learn about some of the amazing programs,
businesses and cooperatives in Regina that can help you reduce
your environmental impact.  In quick, 10-minute segments,
businesses such as Regina Car Share Cooperative, EcoFarm Community
Supported Agriculture, Regina Cooperative Housing Initiative, City of
Regina Composting Program and OnlyGreen Products will tell you what
you can do to help our environment. **Registration is required.   Connaught Branch
3435-13th Avenue

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