Hollywood A-Listers and activists Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively kicked off a fundraising campaign for St. Francis Xavier University’s Coady Institute in Antigonish, Nova Scotia with a $200,000 donation. The campaign is called the Circle of Abundance – Amplifying Indigenous Women’s Leadership.
After making the donation to St. FX’s Coady Institute, Ryan joked on Twitter that he is finally an X-Man, a reference to his starring role in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
The goal is to raise $1 million to support Coady’s International Centre for Women’s Leadership and Indigenous programming. The creation comes as Canada’s National Indigenous History Month concludes.
“We’re so happy to support the incredible work of the Coady Institute’s program with Indigenous Women,” Ryan and Blake say.
“We’re blown away by the conversations we’ve had and the work they do and look forward to joining them on this journey.”
The Coady Institute has 60 years experience working with leaders who create economic and social change. Their award winning Indigenous Women In Community Leadership program was established 10 years ago.
The Coady Institute says Reynolds’ and Lively’s donation will go far. It will support expanding the offerings of Coady’s Indigenous women’s leadership programs across Canada. These reach First Nations, Métis, and Inuit women leaders both in their community as well as on-campus at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia.
Graduates from the past ten years are beginning to examine ways to journey forward together with the Coady and its partners.
“These Indigenous leaders are inspiring renewed energy on how to move forward with our work,” says Coady Indigenous Program Lead and graduate Karri-Lynn Paul.
The Coady International Institute is named after Rev. Dr. Moses M. Coady. He was a founder of the Antigonish Movement which is a people’s movement for economic and social justice.
Reynolds’ and Lively’s donation has energized the Coady and St. FX team.
“They have added a tremendous boost to our effort to amplify Indigenous women’s voices locally and globally,” said Eileen Alma, Director of Coady’s International Centre for Women’s Leadership.