Governors general since confederation have taken an enduring interest in how Canadians learn and how they apply learning to advance themselves and their communities. Equality of opportunity and the improvement of learning outcomes across the country are considered critical to the realization of that aspiration. The Rideau Hall Foundation will focus on early learning, Indigenous education, and innovative support for at-risk and disadvantaged youth at the primary and secondary level.

Queen Elizabeth Scholars

The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship program aims to mobilize a dynamic community of young global leaders across Canada and the Commonwealth to create lasting impacts both at home and abroad through cross-cultural exchanges encompassing international education, discovery and inquiry, and professional experiences. For more information, including a full list of donors and partners, visit www.queenelizabethscholars.ca.

Wise Practices in Indigenous Education


Indigenous Canadians face significant barriers to postsecondary education, and their degree attainment levels remain far below those of non-Indigenous Canadians. To help address this issue, the RHF co-hosted two events in 2016 to bring together national Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders, education experts, and youth to discuss a national project that will support best practices in Indigenous education, with the ultimate goal of improving outcomes for Indigenous learners.

In keeping with the spirit of reconciliation, these events were driven by the principles of co-creation and collaboration, and incorporated traditional Indigenous worldviews, perspectives, and processes. Both events were hosted on Manitoulin Island, on traditional Anishnaabe territory.

Ideas gathered at these events have given life to an emerging vision at the RHF to invest in initiatives that will help ensure that more Indigenous students succeed in their studies and transition to the workforce.

Masquerade for Mental Health

No young person should feel the need to hide mental illness behind a mask. “Masquerade for Mental Health” will take place September 2017, opening the grounds of Rideau Hall to a large-scale public concert in partnership with the many organizations undertaking life-saving mental health work across Canada. The event is in commemoration of Their Excellencies’ commitment to children and families throughout the Johnston mandate as Governor General.

The purpose of the event is to raise awareness and combat stigma by engaging the general public, with a particular focus on youth, in understanding the importance of mental health and in changing attitudes and behaviours surrounding mental illness. The event will bring together Canadian-based mental health organizations and will illustrate what Canada is doing nationally for mental health to create a smarter and more caring nation. RHF is proud to be working with Bell Let’s Talk as the Lead Founding Partner to make this special legacy event possible.