The situation is not a new one. The First Nations are faced with unbearable social problems. At the beginning of the chain, there is poverty, food shortage, disease as well as issues in terms of access to quality education. At the end of this chain, there are the dramatic realities such as violence, alcoholism and gambling. The New Pathways Foundation was set up in order to address the root of the problem.
To see First Nations in Quebec who are autonomous, self-determined and living in a state of sustained wellness thanks to flourishing youth who are proud of their identity and their abilities. Young people who are confident for a better future.
A clear mission: to engage and support First Nations youth in Quebec in their wellness, their individual and collective development and their fulfillment.
This is an ambitious goal. We know it's a huge task. We also know that there are urgent problems that need an urgent response, meaning right now. The Foundation will act accordingly to priorities or emergencies.
The Foundation is collecting funds to create initiatives that will allow First Nations youth to have positive experiences.
It will even be able to contribute, when the need arises, to the creation of new services and structuring projects.
Our guiding principles
Strengthen the cultural identity, pride and sense of belonging of First Nations youth.
Build their confidence and foster their development.
Give them experiences allowing them to explore new horizons.
Founding members and board of Directors
In addition to its founding members, New Pathways Foundation can count on a solide board of Directors and an office team fully committed to the cause.
"The need to act has been present for many decades. We are well overdue to stop talking about it and act - in a concrete manner; collectively. By putting money on the table and investing it intelligently into measures that will make the difference in the short, medium and long term."
Andrew T. Delisle
"I spent my life defending the rights of First Nations. I experienced may victories and I am proud of them. But how do you expect them to develop this wealth if their everyday reality is poverty? It is necessary to focus on the real issues: poverty and exclusion. The need is pressing and now is the time to act."
"We would like our children to perpetuate our culture and our traditions. This is also what they desire. We know it and we can see it. But how do you expect them to develop this wealth if their everyday reality is poverty? It is necessary to focus on the real issues: poverty and exclusion. The need is pressing and now is the time to act.”
Board of Directors
Mélodie Jourdain Michel