In 2009, Teknowave established a partnership with Minwaashin Lodge’s Courage to Soar (CTS) Program. This program is designed for Indigenous women who are survivors of violence and who are at a point in their lives where they are ready to become economically self-sufficient. Students complete a 6-month program and graduate with an Administrative Assistant Diploma.
Since 2009, over 400 Indigenous women have graduated from the CTS program.
The success of the program is attributed to a successful partnership with staff at Minwaashin Lodge, as well as the incorporation of wise practices at TeKnoWave that reflect an understanding of the needs of Indigenous women who are survivors of violence.
Upon graduation, students have been hired by various organizations including the Assembly of First Nations, the Native Women’s Association of Canada, the Grand Council of Crees, Pauktuutiit, Tungasuvvingat Inuit, ESDC, the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Center, and the Wabano Centre. The Courage to Soar Program has built a significant positive reputation. Additionally, graduates of this program are offered a 4-month paid contract with either ESDC, the Department of Women and Gender Equality, or the Canada Revenue Agency.