Our work is made possible thanks to funding partners who share our values and vision
Our Impact Partners
We are very grateful to our funding partners for their trust and support. We take pride in our long-lasting relationships with organizations, allowing us to secure multi-year funding to sustain our operations for greater impact.
Looking to start a relationship with UpstartED, or make a one-time monetary or in-kind donation, and grow brand awareness and reputation by supporting the non-profit.
Seeking to integrate its mission, strategy, values and activities with UpstartED. Supports UpstartED's mission or a specific program, across Canada or in a specific province, through a multi-year partnership.
Committed to affecting transformative change on a societal level by supporting UpstartED's mission through a multi-year partnership.
Hear from Blue Cross Québec & Ontario
President and Chief Executive Officer
Over 80 years ago, Québec Blue Cross forged its community involvement by putting people first. We are committed to supporting organizations that aim to protect, promote, and improve the health and well-being of children and adolescents. I extend my sincere gratitude to those making a difference in their communities by providing tools that will enable tomorrow's adults to thrive.
Since 2019, we are proud to support UpstartED so they can provide teens with equal opportunities to reach their full potential.
Truth and Reconciliation:
our shared responsibility
It is our responsibility as Canadians, businesses and non-profit leaders to share the journey toward Truth and Reconciliation.
In order to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission made calls to action, inviting everyone to play its part.
At UpstartED, we actively contribute to the following calls from the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada:
by contributing to improving Indigenous education attainment levels and success rates, developing culturally appropriate curricula, enabling parental and community responsibility, control, and accountability, similar to what parents enjoy in the public school system.
by building students' capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect, and identifying teacher-training needs relating to the above.
"We call upon the corporate sector in Canada to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a reconciliation framework and to apply its principles, norms, and standards to corporate policy and core operational activities involving Indigenous peoples and their lands and resources. This would include, but not be limited to, the following:
1. Commit to meaningful consultation, building respectful relationships, and obtaining the free, prior, and informed consent of Indigenous Peoples before proceeding with economic development projects.
2. Ensure that Aboriginal peoples have equitable access to jobs, training, and education opportunities in the corporate sector, and that Aboriginal communities gain long-term sustainable benefits from economic development projects.
3. Provide education for management and staff on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal–Crown relations. This will require skills based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.'
Business and Reconciliation:
Corporate sector's responsibility toward Call
Learn more about Truth and Reconciliation on the National Center for Truth and Reconciliation website.
"UpstartED's approach is a big thing for us.
Former Chief of the Liard First Nation (Yukon), Teacher, and UpstartED Board Member
Including Elders and the community in a partnership focused on student-led learning fosters critical and creative thinking. It respects the First Nations' approaches to ways of knowing and doing. It also respects and honours individual students.
As a former Chief of the Liard First Nation, many Chiefs and community leaders have observed and complained to me that First Nation youth would go through the education system and get a "social pass," meaning that they would graduate but don't really have their grade 12 credentials. And why is that right?
First Nation students have never been afforded the opportunity to build agency and have control over their own goals and destinies.
We need to decolonize the education system and curricula. And it is a possibility to accomplish that! We just need to hear that more."
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