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Indspire Announces Launch of Nurturing Capacity Synthesis Report, Guidebook and Instructional Video

Ohsweken, ON – September 24, 2020.

Indspire announced the launch of its Nurturing Capacity Synthesis Report which looks back at the lifespan of the program, from its inception in 2013 to its conclusion in 2019.

Through Nurturing Capacity, Indspire matched an Indigenous researcher or evaluator with community-led education projects that ranged from alternative education initiatives, extracurricular programs, and administrative-level program shifts. Nurturing Capacity offered evaluation support to these projects by tracking and documenting project evaluation outcomes. From the evaluation, communities were able to determine if their program worked and how it worked, allowing other communities to learn from their own innovations.

This report, which incorporates both Indigenous and Western approaches as a way to document and evaluate programs, synthesizes these findings to understand broadly what the 50+ community-led projects have in common and to shed light on what works for other Indigenous communities.

“The Nurturing Capacity program was an innovative and collaborative way of sharing best practices, strategies, lessons learned, and creating spaces where this work could be showcased,” said Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of Indspire. “With the launch of the Nurturing Capacity Synthesis Report, guidebook and instructional video, it is our hope that communities will continue to share their knowledge which will positively impact educational outcomes for all First Nations, Inuit and Métis students.”

Working in tandem with the Nurturing Capacity Synthesis Report is an implementation guidebook and instructional video. The supporting guidebook and video will inform educators on how to write their own reports and will be helpful in supporting and sustaining initiatives focused on advancing educational outcomes for First Nations, Inuit and Métis students across Canada. The report, guidebook and instructional video can be found here.

Indspire is grateful to the Founding Supporter of the Nurturing Capacity: Documenting Community Success program, Suncor Energy Foundation, who has significantly invested in these projects, resulting in a repository of successful practices for improving the classroom outcomes of Indigenous K-12 students across Canada.

“It is a great legacy to see the learning of the Nurturing Capacity program come together in the Nurturing Capacity Synthesis Report, guidebook and instructional video,” says Lori Hewson, director of community investment and the Suncor Energy Foundation. “The best practices highlight what community-led projects need most in developing their programs.”

About Indspire

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 more than 5,100 bursaries and scholarships to First Nations, Inuit and Métis students across Canada. For more information, visit indspire.ca.


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