Awards for Refugee Youth: Apply Now

[NOW CLOSED] — Refugee and immigrant youth are eligible to apply for $1,000 awards designed to highligt achievement in advancing social change in the following areas: Immigration, School and English/French Language Learning, Family, Building Bridges and Working in Solidarity. Entitled the 2017 Fresh Voices Awards, they recognize the inspiration and leadership of immigrant and refugee youth in British Columbia and across Canada. The themes were chose through consultation with immigrant and refugee youth and organizations and communities working in partnership with young people. Youth, aged 14-24, may apply for an award directly, or can nominate someone else to receive an award. Adults can only nominate someone else for an award. All nomination packages must be received by the Fresh Voices Initiative of Vancouver Foundation via e-mail on May 17, 2017, by 5pm PST. For more information: To apply, please visit this page.

Call for Proposals: 2018 Power of the Arts Forum

The Michaëlle Jean Foundation and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) invite you to submit a proposal to deliver a presentation at the upcoming Power of the Arts Forum: Leveraging the Arts as Weapons for Peace, which will take place February 16 to 18, 2018, at the Museum.

  • Are you conducting research on the power of the arts, particularly tied to the relation between the arts and peace, the arts and health, the arts and urban planning, the arts and new economies, the arts and inclusion or the arts and democratic participation?
  • Do you use the arts as tools to tackle major social issues: the prevention of homelessness, the empowerment of Black youth, justice and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, inclusion of Muslim communities, the end of homophobia and transphobia, the integration of refugees, the struggle against violence against women, crime prevention and the prevention of extremisms.

If so, you have vital information and experiences to share with your peers coming from Quebec, the rest of Canada and abroad, and we invite you to submit a proposal.


Please send us a 500-word summary of your presentation to the Forum Steering Committee, which will select three proposals per theme.

Please find some important information for your submission:

  • Your proposal must be sent to by October 15, 2017, (11:59PM, at the latest);
  • It must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document attachment;
  • Beneath the title of your presentation, you must indicate:
    • The theme you are looking to address (based on the ones listed above);
    • Your title and the name of the organization or institution you represent (if applicable);
    • The city, province, territory and country, where you work.
  • In your document, please explain how your presentation relates to the theme and the overarching aims of the Power of the Arts Forum: Leveraging the Arts as Weapons for Peace

If you have questions or require additional information, feel free to contact Peter Flegel, Director of Programming and Development at the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, by email at or by telephone at 613.562-5468.


Michaëlle Jean Foundation to Mark Canada 150 with Ottawa Media Group’s Amazing People

To mark Canada 150, the Michaëlle Jean Foundation is pleased to announce that it is joining with Ottawa Media Group’s (OMG) philanthropic arm, Amazing People to raise funds to empower Canadian youth using arts to improve the quality of life in their communities. A series of Canada 150 celebratory fundraising events will be organized over the course of the year, culminating in this year’s Amazing People Gala, which the couple will attend in October in Ottawa.

Amazing People (AP) started as a TV series on CTV Ottawa and grew to become a fundraising movement, co-founded by Kimothy Walker and OMG Managing Partner Eric Collard. AP now is known for producing quality, unique and entertaining events that focus on amazing community members.

To kick-off their collaboration, the Rt. Hon. Michaëlle Jean and Jean-Daniel Lafond will be featured contributors in the new commemorative book “OH CANADA! A Celebration of 150 Years,” to which OMG is contributing, in partnership with Joan Weinman and Great River Media (Ottawa Business Journal). It will include feature essays and photographs from the mayors of Canada’s provincial and territorial capitals, among other Canadian luminaries.

This year, the Amazing People Gala, sponsored by Accora Village, will take place October 21st at the Westin Hotel. Ottawa Life Magazine is featuring the nominees in each of its publications between now and October.  The theme of this year’s gala is “Disco Inferno”.

Nominations are now open at Forty people will be honoured that evening at a black tie affair. Other fundraisers will be announced at a later date.

Amazing People also raises money for SchoolBOX, Hera Mission, Project North and the Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition. To date, Amazing People has contributed more than $250,000 dollars to help educate children in Canada, Nicaragua and Kenya.


Michaëlle Jean Foundation Co-Hosts Forum on Inclusion & Muslim Youth

In the presence of Her Excellency, the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Secretary General of the International Organisation of La Francophonie, the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and the Institute for Research and Education on Race Relations, are co-hosting, on December 10, The Art of Inclusion: Muslim Youth Take the Lead Form, as part of their educational exhibition that carries the same name.

To mark global Human Rights Day, the Forum will convene youth, the artists featured in the exhibition, influential members of Muslim communities, elected officials, specialists, and institutional representatives to identify strategies to promote the full inclusion of Muslim youth into the social, economic, political and cultural fabric of Quebec and Canadian society. 

The presentation-exhibition seeks to make visible the rich diversity of Muslim youth in Quebec, by offering an unprecedented opportunity to discover, for the first time in a major Quebec museum, the world through their eyes. For The Art of Inclusion, ten jury-selected artists had a unique opportunity to express, through their artwork, their attachment to Quebec and Canada, and ideas on ways to ensure the full participation of Muslim youth in all spheres of society.

During the Forum, three workshops will be offered and will address the following themes:  

  1. Employment, Entrepreneurship and Training,which will seek to identify strategies to increase employment, entrepreneurship and training for Muslim youth.
  2. Civic Participation and Inclusion, which will look at identifying ways to enhance the civic participation of Muslim youth in the democratic life of the municipality, province and country.
  3. Struggle against Islamophobia and Its Consequences, which will explore ways to counter discrimination, hate crimes and related challenges.

Among the featured panelists will be: Ms. Kathleen Weil, Minister of Immigration, Inclusion and Diversity; Ms. Nathalie Bondil, Director and Chief Curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Mr. Jean-Daniel Lafond; Co-Chair and Executive Director of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation; Mr. Monsef Derraji, President and Executive director of the Confederation of Youth Boards of Trade of Quebec; Ms. Hanadi Saad, Coordinator of Justice Femmes; Mr. Haroun Bouazzi, Co-Chair of l’Association des Musulmans et des Arabes pour la laïcité; Ms Denise Helly, Professor and Researcher at INRS; and Ms. Bochra Manaï, instructor at the University of Ottawa and postdoctoral fellow at the University of Montreal.