At EthicInvest we are driven to make a positive change in the world, and this is integral to our work in managing our clients’ assets. We have decided we wish to encourage structural changes in our economy that limit opportunity for our indigenous youth. As such, we are beyond thrilled to make the following announcement:
In collaboration with both Indspire and the Vancouver Foundation, we are creating a support network and providing financial aid for young Indigenous leaders seeking a post-secondary education in the business sector. We see this as a path towards closing the wealth gap, and providing equal opportunity access to education for Indigenous students in Canada.
In our discussions with Indigenous leaders and mentors, we are becoming aware that lack of both general financial literacy and financial role models are at the heart of the wealth disparity First Nations are experiencing in Canada.
As established wealth managers, we are aware that Indigenous representation in the financial sector as a whole is almost completely non-existent. We believe we have an opportunity to use our financial expertise and access to capital as tools to change that lack of representation.
Our efforts have materialized through a partnership with the Vancouver Foundation and Indspire to create the EthicInvest Emerging Indigenous Leaders Bursary. This fund will be managed by The Vancouver Foundation and employ a socially responsible investment approach to generate income that Indspire will use to grant annual bursaries based on merit, need, and academic area of study in business, commerce or finance.
Indspire is a national Indigenous registered charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada.
Their vision is to enrich Canada through Indigenous education and by inspiring achievement. In partnership with Indigenous, private and public sector stakeholders, Indspire educates, connects and invests in First Nations, Inuit and Métis people so they will achieve their highest potential.
The Vancouver Foundation works throughout British Columbia to harness the gifts of ideas, money, time and energy to build a lasting legacy: healthy, vibrant, livable communities.
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