Who We Are
The Martin Family Initiative is committed to improving elementary and secondary school education outcomes for First Nations, Métis Nation, and Inuit students in Canada, by working in full partnership with the Indigenous people of Canada, pertinent governments and the private sector.
To that end, we seek to:
- Empower educators of Indigenous students through specialized training, implementation of relevant programs, and the application of appropriate research
- Support the development of elementary and secondary school strategies for First Nations, Métis Nation, and Inuit students that are able to produce results comparable to, if not better than, those which exist in provincially and territorially funded schools
- Mitigate the social challenges and determinants of education that face First Nations, Métis Nation, and Inuit children and youth, such as those in the areas of child welfare, health and economic opportunity
- Implement targeted programs based on research for First Nations, Métis Nation, and Inuit students
- Promote a better understanding of the experiences of Indigenous people, their culture, experiences, rights, and history
- Contribute to a foundation of Indigenous-based knowledge and learning practices that can be used as a resource for teachers and students across Canada
How MFI intends to achieve our goals:
The importance of partnership with Indigenous people in Canada is at the heart of MFI’s mission. We seek to build capacity through educational approaches that are grounded in Indigenous cultures and informed by research with the aim of producing optimal education outcomes for all Indigenous students in Canada.
We believe we can make the biggest difference by seeding successful pilot programs in Indigenous contexts. Our work will only succeed if it is informed by historical and current realities. We have much to learn from traditional knowledge and practices in a quest to shape new educational models; the insights of Indigenous leaders, educators, and parents are intrinsic to our work.
Once we have proven success, we focus on finding ways to bring initiatives to scale and then helping schools implement them for the long term. Our goal is that our successes be repeatable and sustainable, which is why our initiatives are subject to rigorous evaluation.
It is these values of partnership, innovation and evaluation that provide the opportunity to define the future of Indigenous education in contemporary Canadian society.
DR. JULIA O'SULLIVAN, CHIEF ADVISOR
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