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 around the world to create lasting impacts both at home and abroad through cross-cultural exchanges encompassing international education, discovery and inquiry, and professional experiences.
In 2016, thanks to the generous financial support of $10 million from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and $2.5 million from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the QES program expanded its reach to support doctoral researchers, post-doctoral fellows and early career researchers from Canada and Low-and-Middle Income countries (LMICs) to develop solutions to complex national and global challenges. The QES-Advanced Scholars (AS) Program focuses on strengthening the institutional capacity of partners from the Global South. It is expected to engage approximately 420 researchers in international research projects, contributing to improved global talent exchange between Canada and other nations.
For more information, including a full list of donors and partners, visit www.queenelizabethscholars.ca.
Learning Partnership for Indigenous Students
Indigenous youth make up the fastest growing demographic in Canada, yet their levels of education attainment are far below those of other Canadians. To help address this issue, the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF), in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, 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 would support best practices in Indigenous education, with the ultimate goal of improving outcomes for Indigenous learners.
In the spirit of reconciliation, these events were driven by the principles of co-creation and collaboration, and incorporated traditional Indigenous worldviews, perspectives, and processes.
The ideas developed at these sessions have given life to a new learning partnership that will help double the enrolment and completion rates of Indigenous students at the post-secondary level, and to successfully transition them to the workforce. This learning partnership is an innovative collaboration between the RHF, the Mastercard Foundation, Vancouver Island University (VIU), Yukon College and Indigenous communities across the Yukon and Vancouver Island. We are working collaboratively to ensure Indigenous learners become full partners in their education with a focus on listening, identifying needs, and building a network of support across Canada in the years to come.
Masquerade for Mental Health
No young person should feel the need to hide mental illness behind a mask. “Masquerade for Mental Health” took place on September 9, 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 was 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 brought together Canadian-based mental health organizations and illustrated 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.