Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program (AYEP): A Canada-wide Program to Improve Student Achievement

There is a deep understanding across Canada of the need to enhance strategies to improve Aboriginal student success. There are approximately 1.7 million Aboriginal People in Canada, and one third are under the age of 15 — making them the youngest and fastest growing demographic in the country. A real concern for Canada is the low Aboriginal high school graduation rate; the non-Aboriginal high school … Continue reading Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program (AYEP): A Canada-wide Program to Improve Student Achievement

November is Native American Heritage Month

The photo above was taken at the Johnson Scholarship Foundation’s annual Entrepreneurship Scholarship meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, last month. As you can see, we had a good turnout of JSF board members, staff and consultants and representation from almost all our nonprofit, tribal college and university partners in this program. The Entrepreneurship Scholarship program is in its 28th year and this annual convening has been … Continue reading November is Native American Heritage Month

What Coyote Stories Teach Us About Success

Among many Native Tribes in North America stories have been an important part of the oral traditions passed down over many generations. While each tribal group has stories unique to them, many times there are common themes shared by several different tribes. In the Northern Plains and Northwest U.S. these are often referred to as “Coyote Stories.” While not all stories involve Coyote, he is … Continue reading What Coyote Stories Teach Us About Success

Graduation Season is Here

There is something quite magical about this time of year. The academic regalia, the congratulatory hugs, the encouraging speeches and the familiar chords of “Pomp and Circumstance” all signal a time of transition and new beginnings. We at the Johnson Scholarship Foundation have been busy attending several year-end events, such as the Johnson Scholars celebrations at the various high schools, the dinner for the Machen … Continue reading Graduation Season is Here

Investing in Indigenous Business in Canada: Key Opportunities and Challenges

Aboriginal business opportunities are arising at a revolutionary rate but the capacity (knowledge and experience) to take advantage of these opportunities is generally acquired on an evolutionary and generational basis. How do we reconcile the two? Challenges Joint Venture Partnerships with domain-experienced companies can be one way to overcome capacity challenges allowing Aboriginal companies to take advantage of opportunities more immediately and the other joint … Continue reading Investing in Indigenous Business in Canada: Key Opportunities and Challenges