National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation
The National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (NAAF) is a nationally registered non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to deliver programs that provide the tools necessary for Aboriginal peoples in Canada, especially youth to achieve their potential.
NAAF is partnered with Canadian corporations, federal departments, national organizations, and other private sector companies to implement Industry in the Classroom. Aboriginal educators and youth participated in focus groups and directed the curriculum’s design. NAAF also collects and analyzes applicant and student data and prepares statistical reports to paint a picture of the financial assistance being provided to Aboriginal students across Canada.
Over 30,000 students have attended these exciting youth oriented events to date nationwide. The National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation has evolved into the largest non-governmental funding body for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis post secondary students across Canada. Bursary and scholarship awards are provided to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis student across a diverse range of disciplines.
In the 2008-2009 fiscal year $4.6 million was awarded to 1300 recipients across Canada. In total, NAAF has disbursed over $32-million to over 8,400 recipients since its inception. NAAF offers financial assistance (scholarships and bursaries) through four major categories - Post-Secondary Education, Fine Arts, Health Careers, and Oil and Gas Aboriginal Trades and Technology -
NAAF’s key initiatives include:
- The National Aboriginal Achievement Awards (NAAA) a national annual broadcast celebrating 14 achievers in a multitude of career areas including a special youth award and an award for lifetime achievement.
- "Taking Pulse" joins NAAF with industry to present career options in specific growth sectors through a series of short documentaries and supporting curriculum materials with the aim of recruiting First Nations, Inuit & Métis youth.
- "Blueprint for the Future" (BFF) a series of one-day career fairs that motivate and inspire First Nations, Inuit and Métis high school students with valuable resources and information on career opportunities.
- Notable Aboriginal people of Canada
- Aboriginal Day of Action
- Aboriginal Peoples Television Network
- Native Women's Association of Canada
- "Enriching Canada by Advancing Aboriginal Achievement". National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation. Retrieved 2009-10-18.