Ohsweken, ON — The Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF) and Indspire are pleased to announce a three-year collaboration on the Teach for Tomorrow: Indigenous Educator Apprenticeship Program to increase Indigenous student success by growing the number of Indigenous teachers in classrooms across Canada. In February 2019, the Teach for Tomorrow program officially began with 27 students participating from six Winnipeg high schools. The program provides a seamless approach for students to transition through high school into university by providing college level courses to become certified as Education Assistants with eventual access to the Bachelor of Education and Arts degrees at the University of Winnipeg.
This partnership will expand the program to a second location deepening the Rideau Hall Foundation’s commitment to allyship and supporting Indigenous youth on their education and career journey. It also supports the learnings from the Rideau Hall Foundation’s recent youth gathering about the importance of having Indigenous peoples “at the front of the room” as teachers, leaders and mentors, and integrating Indigenous culture and tradition into the learning experience.
“Increasing access to education and helping young people achieve their full potential are key priorities for the Rideau Hall Foundation,” said Teresa Marques, President and CEO of the RHF. “We are honoured to partner with Indspire on the Teach for Tomorrow Program and serve as an ally in helping to increase the number of Indigenous teachers in classrooms across the country.”
“Indspire is excited that the Rideau Hall Foundation has committed to help grow the Teach for Tomorrow program”, said Mike DeGagné, President and CEO of Indspire. “This program will help Indigenous people to become educators in their communities, serve as role models to younger First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students and help them succeed in the classroom.”
About the Rideau Hall Foundation
The Rideau Hall Foundation is an independent and non-political charitable organization established to mobilize ideas, people, and resources across the country to tap into our national spirit and help realize our shared aspirations. The RHF works closely with many partners, including the Office of the Governor General, to connect, honour, and inspire Canadians across four key programmatic areas, including: (1) learning initiatives that strive for excellence and promote equality of opportunity; (2) strengthening Canada’s culture of innovation, (3) widening the circle of giving and volunteering; and (4) building and celebrating excellence in Canadian leadership, and increasing public awareness about and commitment to Canada’s multi-faceted democracy. Learn more at www.rhf-frh.ca.
Indspire is an Indigenous national charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. With the support of its funding partners, Indspire provides financial awards, delivers programs and shares resources so that First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students will achieve their highest potential. Anchored by its mission and mandate, Indspire’s North Star vision is that, within a generation, every Indigenous student will graduate. In 2019-2020, Indspire provided over $17.8 million through 5,124 bursaries and scholarships to First Nations, Inuit and Métis students across Canada. For more information, visit indspire.ca.
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