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NDN Changemaker Fellowship

The NDN Changemaker Fellowship

This 12-month Fellowship will be offered to 21 Indigenous Changemakers each year across Canada, the United States, the Islands of Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Guam, and American Samoa, and Mexico who are working to defend, develop, and decolonize their communities and Nations.

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Letter of Inquiry (LOI)

Our LOI opens on April 17, 2020. The deadline to submit your LOI is May 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.

The process begins with a form designed to assist us in determining your eligibility for the Changemaker Fellowship. Once an account is created, you will be given access within 48 hours to begin your LOI.

2

Full Application Changemaker Plan

Each accepted nominee will be invited to formally apply for the NDN Changemaker Fellowship by completing the NDN Changemaker Plan.

3

Final Interview

Candidates who fit the criteria outlined above with the strongest NDN Changemaker Plans will be invited for a final interview, which will determine their acceptance to the program. Final candidates will be determined by December 15, 2020.

Tax Implications Fellowship funding is taxable income in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. All NDN fellows, upon notification of acceptance, should consult a qualified tax advisor on the implications of receiving the Fellowship, in order to properly plan and manage their finances. We do not control, evaluate, endorse or guarantee any of the advice provided by an independent tax advisor. Further, we do not assume any responsibility or liability for the actions, products, services, and content provided by an independent tax advisor.

Our Program Includes

The NDN Changemaker Fellowship is designed to invest in the visions, leadership, and development of Indigenous Changemakers. We believe that our people have the creativity, innovation, and determination to build healthy, resilient futures; defending our homelands and rights, developing model regenerative Nations, and decolonizing and healing our communities and families.

This 12-month Fellowship will be offered to 21 Indigenous Changemakers each year across Canada, the United States, the Islands of Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Guam, and American Samoa, and Mexico who are working to defend, develop, and decolonize their communities and Nations.

Theory of Change Mapping

It is important for Indigenous leaders to have a bold vision for the world they are working to create as well as a theory behind how they will get there. This will help fellows increase their depth of understanding of their work and enable them to continue to refine and increase their impact. Each fellow will be required to create their own individual Theory of Change, which encapsulates their philosophy for how they believe they can ignite change in the world.

Education and Building Skills

It is vital that Native leaders obtain the education and skills they need to be successful in implementing their work and vision. Each NDN Changemaker Fellow will engage in skills building or education experiences during the fellowship. This can range from pursuing formal education through a degree or certificate program, to specialized training in areas such as grant writing, facilitation, community engagement, etc. Each fellow will identify the skills he/she/they would like to develop over the course of the fellowship to contribute to their effectiveness as a leader.

Healing and Wellbeing

Native leaders take on the pain and struggle of their communities, oftentimes at the expense of caring for themselves. The reality is that their own wellbeing is fundamental to sustaining their leadership and creating impact in the world. Therefore, each NDN Changemaker Fellow will commit to focusing on their personal physical, social, spiritual, and emotional wellbeing during the fellowship. Fellows will create a plan for how they will practice self-care and create a path forward for their individual wellbeing. Activities will be determined by each fellow and range from seeking drug and alcohol addiction treatment; seeing a counselor; participating in Indigenous healing ceremonies, practicing yoga or mindfulness, and more.

Mentorship and Coaching

Mentorship and coaching are fundamental to the development of strong Indigenous leaders, and can lead to increases in goal attainment, wellbeing, and overall leadership effectiveness. Fellows will be required to engage with a mentor and/or coach of their choosing at least four times (once per quarter) during the fellowship. Mentors can range from an elder or spiritual leader from your community to a professional executive coach.

Network and Comunity Building

To continue learning, growing, and creating social change, it is essential that Indigenous leaders have a strong community and network. Fellows will be required to work towards expanding their network and building a community of support around them during the fellowship. This will occur through reflections and information-sharing with other fellows and NDN staff each month (see Changemaker Journal below), as well as networking and community building opportunities or conferences identified by each fellow.

Fellowship Requirements

Preparatory Online Meetings

An online preparatory meeting will take place in January, 2021 meeting to answer questions, begin introductions of the 2021 fellowship cohort and build connections.

Education and Building Skills

It is vital that Native leaders obtain the education and skills they need to be successful in implementing their work and vision. Each NDN Changemaker Fellow will engage in skills building or education experiences during the fellowship. This can range from pursuing formal education through a degree or certificate program, to specialized training in areas such as grant writing, facilitation, community engagement, etc. Each fellow will identify the skills he/she/they would like to develop over the course of the fellowship to contribute to their effectiveness as a leader.

In-Person Gatherings

NDN Changemaker Fellows will come together in-person in February 2021, prior to the formal beginning of the fellowship to meet one another, continue development of their Theory of Change, build a foundation for continued collaboration and learning from one another during the program and beyond, and determine if the NDN Changemaker Fellowship is a fit for their needs, plans, and aspirations. If they choose to accept the Fellowship, they will receive their signed agreement and be ready for the Fellowship to begin April 1, 2021! The Fellows will also come together in May 2021 as a cohort for a 5 day Indigenous Leadership Training Retreat to catalyze their work and development.

Fellowship Plan

After the first initial in-person gathering, Fellows will be expected to complete a final Fellowship Plan that includes a general budget for the expenditure of their Independent Funds stipend, which will be approved by NDN staff.

Reporting

A reporting guide will be provided to each selected fellow at the beginning of their fellowship. NDN Changemaker Fellows will be required to submit short monthly reflections through the “Changemaker Journal” online, a mid year report and final report at the end of their fellowship year.

NDN Changemaker Alumni Program

All NDN Changemaker Fellows that successfully complete the fellowship will be enrolled in the Alumni Program in January of the year following their fellowship. The Alumni Program components will include addition to a Changemakers ListServ, a place to share important updates, funding opportunities, job opportunities, etc. with the network of NDN Changemaker Fellow alumni. It will provide an opportunity to engage with new cohorts through participation in their welcoming webinar, site visits, and potential mentorship connections, and opportunities to be showcased in our marketing and communications. Alumni will have the opportunity to join future pro bono strategic advising sessions run by NDN Partners on topics of interest to them, including collaboration, strategic planning, impact evaluation, systems dynamics, etc, and may also have opportunities to be connected to funders by NDN Foundation staff where relevant and appropriate. Finally, Alumni will have access to the **Changemaker Resource bank** with resources on personal and professional development and networking opportunities.

Alumni will be encouraged to continue to share data and insights with NDN Collective on an annual basis in service of highlighting their successes and challenges, showcasing the impact of the fellowship, and sharing ideas for how the program can continuously improve.

Gaby Strong

NDN Collective Director of Grantmaking

+1 (605) 791-3999

gaby@ndncollective.org

Pennelys Droz

NDN Collective Program Officer

+1 (605) 791-3999

pennelys@ndncollective.org

Nicole Yanes

NDN Collective Program Officer

+1 (605) 791-3999

nicole@ndncollective.org

Billie White

NDN Collective Director of Grants Management

+1 (605) 791-3999

billie@ndncollective.org

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