First Nations and public schools twinning program honored by Ashoka Changemakers

March 28, 2012
Ottawa…. A pilot project of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) in collaboration with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has recently taken one of the top honours in the Ashoka Changemakers Initiative*: Inspiring Approaches to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning.

The CTF-AFN pilot project “To Learn: Sharing, Wisdom, Strength, and Unity” was launched via the CTF’s Imagineaction program and will twin a number of First Nations schools and publicly funded schools across Canada.

“The pilot projects which are set to start in the fall will encourage Canadian students to embark on a cultural and educational journey through which they will celebrate their commonalities while respecting their differences which exist in our communities,” says CTF President Paul Taillefer. “Most importantly, this project will offer individual students a platform for reflection, critical thinking, leadership, action, creativity, and empowerment.”

More on the pilot project:

*Partners for the initiative include: Ashoka Changemakers, Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation, Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, Counselling Foundation of Canada, Donner Canadian Foundation, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, First Nations Education Council, Girls Action Foundation, J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, Lawson Foundation, Mamow Sha-way-gi-kay-win: North South Partnership for Children, Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation, Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative, Ontario Trillium Foundation, RBC Foundation, Regroupement des centres d’amitié autochtones du Québec, Small Change Fund and Vancouver Foundation.

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada. Follow AFN on Twitter @NCAtleo, @AFN_Comms, @AFN_Updates.

An alliance of 15 Member organizations and one Affiliate Member representing nearly 200,000 teachers across the country, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is a member of the international body of teachers, Education International (EI). Follow CTF on Twitter @CTFPresident, @CanTeachersFed @EnseigneCanada

Information on the pilot project:
Pauline Théoret, CTF Program Officer, 613-688-4303,
Alain Garon, Assembly of First Nations Communications Officer, 613-240-6789, ext. 382,