Document and Share Your Innovative Practices

Nurturing Capacity: Building Community Success

Indspire supports communities to improve educational outcomes through the documentation and evaluation of their innovative practices. This community-led process is supported by an Indspire-funded Indigenous scholar, who works with programs on the ground to provide training on data collection and evaluation methodology.

Program Benefits

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Indspire provides Indigenous communities with access to Indigenous researchers and scholars. Researchers work with communities to document innovative practices or programs, to showcase successes and to provide research tools and program strategies.
The community-based innovations usually have a strong cultural base and honour the local Indigenous knowledge system. These important practices need to be supported and communities need to be recognized for their innovation.
We hire regionally-based Indigenous researchers who are well-versed in Indigenous and western research methodologies. Researchers engage community members to work alongside them to articulate the project methodology and measures of success. Researchers turn community innovations into well-documented successful practices or programs that are shared through the K-12 Indspire Institute.
Indigenous educators vet the program applicants guided by a set of seven principles established through national consultations. The committee reviews applications on a monthly basis.

Featured Project

The Northern Youth Abroad Canadian Placement program

The Northern Youth Abroad Canadian Placement program is a work placement program that seeks to provide northern youth with work experiences in southern Canada. Research shows that the Inuit youth population is growing; however, they are less likely to graduate from high school and are underrepresented in post-secondary institutions and the labour force. Therefore, implementing work or study aboard programs provides youth with opportunities to travel, gain critical skills, learn the necessity of education, and to value their culture. This review provides an in-depth analysis of qualitative and quantitative data demonstrating a strong correlation between this program and the success in high school. Issues covered include possible long-term impacts and next steps to ensure further success for this program and for Inuit youth.
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