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Youth Leadership Forum on Reconciliation Update

We are reopening applications for our virtual Youth Leadership Forum on Reconciliation, bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth (aged 14-25) from across the country to develop Reconciliation projects to undertake in their own communities.
Originally planned for July 5-9th, the Forum was postponed out of respect for the Indigenous participants and communities grieving the recent confirmations of burial sites at former residential schools across Canada. The event will now take place October 13th-17th – with three of those days being evenings only (5pm-8pm ET), followed by two full days of programming planned to take place over the weekend.
For youth who feel connectivity issues might be a barrier, please email forums@experiencescanada.ca so we can discuss ways that we can support your participation.

Announcing - Canada Life Reconciliation in Action Micro-Grants

Experiences Canada is excited to announce Canada Life Reconciliation in Action Micro-Grants. These micro grants will provide youth participants with grants of up to $2500, depending on the scale and scope of their project. The grants program will be administered by Experiences Canada and available to any youth participating in the Forum.
During the application process, youth will be required to provide an outline of a Reconciliation project they wish to implement in their community. We have provided examples and guidance in our Application Guide as well as links to a webinar you can join to help complete your application.
Over the course of the forum participants will learn the tools needed to execute their project successfully, allowing them to have the confidence to be fully ready to implement their project. Ongoing support will be available from Experiences Canada and volunteer mentors post forum.

This year’s theme: Reconciliation

During the virtual forum, youth will 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 will also work in small groups to develop their own ideas and projects that address reconciliation as a priority and/or answer the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls 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, and start-up funding to lead in their own community.
What makes this forum unique is the immediate financial investment in youths’ ideas as well as the after-care youth will receive from Experiences Canada and volunteer mentors following the forum. This will ensure that participants have the support they need to carry out their projects.

What to expect

Project Ideas

Speakers & Guests

One of the first steps to take towards reconciliation is listening to Indigenous leaders, communities, and people. Throughout the forum, youth will hear from Indigenous change-makers, knowledge keepers and leaders including:

Guest Speakers: Michael Redhead Champagne, Jenn Harper (Cheekbone Beauty), Mya Beaudry (Kokom Scrunchies), Samantha Matters (Future Ancestors Inc).

Residential School survivors: Phyllis Webstad, and Irene Barbeau (support will be available)

Indigenous Leaders: Chief Cadmus Delorme, Grande Chief Dumas

Organizations: National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, Canadian Roots Exchange, Rising Youth and more.

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The Program

  The Youth leadership forum on Reconciliation is open to Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth between the ages of 14-25 and will be held online, from October 13th – 17th 2021. Three of those days will be evenings only (5pm-8pm ET) …

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Selection Process

During the application process, youth will be required to provide information on a Reconciliation project, an action, or activity that they can lead (or are already leading) in their community. Whether it project to take place at school, p…

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