On February 11, 2019, Carleton announced that we have officially surpassed the $300 million goal of our Collaborate Campaign! The campaign continues and will officially close at a community celebration on April 17, 2019.
In an effort to show our gratitude and to commemorate the outcomes we achieved together through Collaborate, we’ve launched a nine-week digital initiative called Thank You Thursday. Each Thursday, we will share the positive impact realized through the campaign in various priority areas thanks to the generosity of our donors. THANK YOU for all your support—cheers to being Here for Good!
Carleton University is situated within the unceded traditional territory of the Algonquin people and supports First Nation, Métis and Inuit students from across Canada. We have a profound respect for and interest in Indigenous culture, perspectives, and topics; in particular, we strive to continuously increase our knowledge and understanding of Indigenous issues by connecting and collaborating with Indigenous peoples, both on campus and beyond. Many of our donors and members of the Carleton community share this vision, as demonstrated by the consistent support received throughout Collaborate towards Indigenous initiatives. For example:
- Carleton’s Indigenous Enriched Support Program (IESP), offered by the Centre for Initiatives in Education (CIE), supports Indigenous students’ academic success and employability by providing an alternative method of entry to post-secondary education for students who do not meet the traditional requirements but who show strong potential. With peer-to-peer mentoring, coaching, advising, and internship opportunities, IESP helps Indigenous students develop lifelong learning skills, build leadership abilities, establish support networks of students with similar aspirations, and gain valuable work experience. CIE has received donations from a variety of sources, including the Counselling Foundation of Canada;
- With support from multiple donors, we have established several awards that will have far-reaching impacts on the lives of Indigenous students at Carleton:
- To honour his late wife’s affinity for the Canadian north and Indigenous culture, alumnus Ron Vandebeek created two funds: the Susan Lovelock Fund, which supports a variety of activities within Carleton’s Indigenous Enriched Support Program (IESP), and the Susan Lovelock Leadership Bursary, which provides financial support to Indigenous students in need for up to four years;
- Ed Ireland, a long-time Carleton donor, created the Bimaadiziwin Fund, an emergency fund for Indigenous students facing immediate financial hardships such as a family medical emergency, lack of childcare, or need for counselling services;
- In an effort to increase individuals’ intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect, we engaged with Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in the Yukon, as part of an experiential learning program called Stories North. Stories North has been supported by a variety of funding sources, including a successful FutureFunder campaign.