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:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/inspring-approaches-to-fnmi-learning-summit

Best wishes,
The Ashoka Canada Team

MEDIA ALERT
April 12, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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
context.  
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:
http://ashokafnmisummit.eventbrite.ca/

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
Commission
•   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
Canada
•   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

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

More details at: www.changemakers.com/fnmi-learning
Contact:Elisha Muskat
Executive Director
Ashoka Changemakers
Tel: 416-646-2333
Email: fnmi-learning@ashoka.org