WHAT

participants say

Julianna
Julianna
Going through my memories from a year ago and this was the time I made the hardest/best decision of my life. I made the decision to quit my job, and I had no idea what I was getting myself into… Like I had so many plans and just hoping one of them would work. After all of them failed, I was so DOWN… and I refused to go back to my old job. I wanted change and I took that risk of going out and finding it myself. In that few months of uncertainty I found MYSELF! I found a girl who was determined and wouldn’t stop for nothing to get what she wanted! I joined probably the best program Maskwacis has offered “Change it Up” and that is what I needed. The universe heard me, and the program wasn’t anything I expected. I believe that is what I needed before reaching my goal, at becoming a Health Care Aide. The program helped prepare me for my course (mentally) because I later learned everything I did in the CIU program. I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t be afraid to take risks y’all! You never know what you’re capably of! And what could happen.
Tiffany
Tiffany
Independence, that’s what I got. I know the resources now. The motivation, the coaching, the good leadership of how to do things on our own. Every program should have this, along with a clap-out and a brilliant insight. When we started I never put myself first. I never did anything for myself. I always thought about my kids, and then my partner and then sometimes me. And loving myself, I don’t have that ‘Oh I am so mad at you, or you can’t do this,’. I don’t say that anymore. I say You can do it, and I have little things to read for motivation and my ‘Why’ is at the centre. I am reaching everything. I am so happy.
Jay
Jay
​It is important that the CIU program continues. It gives other individuals, like myself, the confidence to have their business ideas grow and succeed in our community. It also keeps our dollars from leaving the community and being spent off reserve.
Shanna
Shanna
​ The Change It Up Program helped me to achieve my goals of starting my own business by providing me with a support system and tools necessary. I learned hands on how to raise start-up funds, organize and operate a group business. The program’s facilitators were very helpful and encouraging. During the program I had perfect attendance, trained and became a certified nail technician at the Eveline Charles Academy, was the vice president of our group businesses (Cree Market and Four Directions) while also establishing my own business called Omiyosiw Nails.
Lorna
Lorna
Being in the CIU taught me to be more responsible, outgoing, independent, and most importantly, confident. I learned and built up more on my life and work essential skills. I’ve also learned things about myself such as being a leader and making quick decisions on the spot. I also learned how to make my own choices and not follow others on their choices that worked for them. I made choices that worked for me, that were comfortable for me. Without the program, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I became a better person, I make wiser choices. I am more knowledgeable in both life and working skills. I obtained a job that I enjoy doing. I’ve come a long way from where I was before.
Darren
Darren
​The Change It Up program has had a very positive aspect on my life. It has taught me how to become a go getter and how to pursue the things I want in life. I now run 2 successful youth programs and became the President of the Maskwacis Minor Hockey Association.
Emeline
Emeline
​Change means to make something different and in my opinion, Change It Up did just that. Change It Up was a course of self-empowerment and to those who were serious, did see personal growth and prosperity. For myself, with the help of Heather MacTaggart, Leiha Crier, Cheryl Montour, and Heather Peigan, Change It Up helped me unleash potential I didn’t know I was capable of. Change it up did transform me into someone different, to which I will always be grateful for.
Leslie
Leslie
I’m am grateful for being part of the CIU……for reminding me an idea is ONLY an idea… until it is put into ACTION!

More testimonials

“I learned a lot in the Change It Up Entrepreneur program about business and it was terrific. But the thing that really helped get my business going was the personal mentorship. Being able to call and work thru challenges, even just knowing someone was there and would help, that’s what really made a difference. That’s why my company is on the road today!”

“It really helped me achieve my goal of going to College off reserve.”

“It helps First Nations people get jobs and succeed.”

“I started from nothing. It really changed my life.”

“Through this program I learned computer skills, created a business plan, a website and a network of support.  More importantly I built my self confidence and learned what it takes to start a small business.”

“I’m going to miss this group. It’s been an awesome experience and I’m very grateful I had this opportunity.”

“I feel confident I have gained enough skills to run my own business.”

“This has been an experience of a lifetime. I’m so happy I gained the confidence and knowledge I need to run a business.”

“These types of programs need to be offered to the youth in our community to start them off early. Becoming a entrepreneur has made me realize these are the types of things our community needs.”

“This program has made a huge difference in my life – and also in my family’s life.”

“What helped me succeed in the program was all the positive feedback and continued support from staff and peers.”

“The program prepared me for off-reserve school and for work.”

“It was excellent. I have learned lots of skills that will help me find work.”

“Change it Up Trades is inspiring and motivating.”

“I would recommend the program to anyone interested in the trades.”