NEW! “Do the Work” Youth Leadership Forum on Allyship
May 6-8, 2022 – IN PERSON!
Do the Work! Youth Forum on Allyship will explore social justice topics as well as develop allyship and advocacy skills among youth. This winter, Experiences Canada will deliver a series of seven bi-weekly webinars and workshops for 50 youth, aged 14-18. Selected topics will include Reconciliation; Mental Health; LGBTQ2+; Environmental Racism; Disability Justice, Islamophobia, and Social Media Impacts.
Youth who complete the full webinar series will be invited to travel free to Winnipeg to attend a 3-day in-person National Forum on Allyship from May 6-8, 2022. In Winnipeg, they will have the opportunity to apply their training, to share their ideas and strategies for community action and youth engagement, and to work collaboratively to produce their own podcast on youth allyship and/or advocacy.
Virtual Youth Leadership Forum on Reconciliation
October 13th – 17th, 2021
40 youth from across Canada gathered virtually over 5 days to hear from Elders, Knowledge Keepers, community leaders and youth leaders about some of the inspiring work that is happening right now to effect change. Participants also worked in small groups to develop their own ideas and projects that address reconciliation as a priority and/or answered a Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. Thanks to our Canada life Reconciliation in Action micro-grants, at the end of the forum each participant received funding to get their project started – Allowing them to become active agents of reconciliation in their community
We are in the process of building a project guide for others interested in starting their own projects and will share it here once ready.
IT’S A WRAP!
2019 Diversity and Inclusion Forum
June 29 to July 6, 2019 – Toronto, Ontario.
This summer’s national youth forum on Diversity and Inclusion, hosted in the Greater Toronto Area from June 29th to July 6th, was a huge success! But don’t just take our word for it –
“Being able to have those conversations and see what living as a Muslim looks like outside of my school textbook provided me with a new perspective. Something personal that I took away from the experience was what it felt like to wear a hijab. [..] While the hijab was being tied on my head by one of the youth leaders, I felt an immediate connection and a deeper sense of understanding than I had ever had before about the reasons why hijabs are worn and what it feels like to wear one.”
-Alexis Holmgren, on the Muslim Association of Canada workshop and Mosque visit
“I was given a quote to read [..]. As I shared her words, I thought of how I could never truly understand how it felt to live through this history. Thinking about this made me realize that despite my lack of experience, we can still help by putting in the effort to learn and listen. By doing so, we can promote the healing of communities.”
–Mikaela Wong, on the Kairos Blanket Exercise
Download the Yearbook for more testimonials!