The Youth Leadership Forum on Reconciliation will bring together 70 youth (ages 14-18) half of them Indigenous, and half non-Indigenous from across the country based on their answer to the question “what does Reconciliation mean to you?”
During the five- day forum, youth will discuss Reconciliation efforts in their communities, and hear from Elders, Knowledge Keepers, community leaders and emerging leaders about some of the inspiring work being done to address priorities in their communities. The benefit of the Forum being virtual, is that we will have access to a broader network of Elders, Knowledge Keepers, community leaders, emerging leaders and youth activists for the Forum – something that we believe is truly exciting.
The majority of the week participants will work in small groups to create projects that address a Reconciliation priority and/or answer a Truth and Reconciliation call to action. The goal of the week will be for participants to come away with a project that they feel pride in shaping and have the confidence to lead in their own community.
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!