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Elephant Thoughts enables teachers to create change, both in Canada and abroad. We are a registered Canadian charity, founded in 2002 by a group of teachers, principals and other professional educators.
We are many things: a new form of charity built on principles of self-reliance and self-sustenance; a source of educational programs and solutions in the classroom and beyond; and a force for sustainable change in education both in Canada’s First Nations and in the developing world.
ET positively affects the lives of more than 20 000 children from hundreds of schools worldwide annually. Everywhere we work, we do so with the philosophy of supporting our partners with the resources they need to build better lives for themselves. We offer resources, not solutions, as we feel that people in struggling communities know what will improve their situations and what works in their particular paradigm much better than we do. We get great educational minds together from all over the world to help problem solve and find creative solutions. We offer a hand-up, never a hand-out. We prefer to facilitate the gathering of local people who are already making a difference in their community and support them rather than initiating our own projects. We learned early that outsiders can support change but can never be the change maker. It takes a local community member to truly understand what their community needs to develop and to have the passion, fortitude, and lifelong commitment to do what is necessary for real transformation and sustainable development. All we can do is humbly support their efforts.
Child Freedom Project: A platform for Canadian teachers and students with online classes and classroom fundraising projects
Riverstone Eco Retreat Centre: Riverstone was to create a welcoming environment where people can connect with nature, explore and learn, celebrate humanity, and take a break from life’s challenges, all in a beautiful natural setting.
Kimbercote School In Nature: An enriching educational experience that gets kids outside of the traditional classroom setting and into the great outdoors.
Indigenous Journey: A unique online and interactive tool to help educators teach the culture and perspectives of Indigenous peoples in Canada through the voice of Indigenous Youth.