Youth Leadership Forum will go virtual for 2021!

As Experiences Canada has been monitoring the developments of COVID-19, it has become clear that an in-person forum is no longer possible. Rather than delay for another year, we have decided to present the Forum through an online platform. The Forum will take place over the first week of July during its original scheduled dates. The Forum will consist of a five-day interactive program where youth will have the opportunity to connect, engage and learn from their peers and community leaders. Applications are still open and we encourage all youth, no matter where you are in the country, to apply to be part of this enriching event!

For youth who feel connectivity issues might be a barrier to participation, please contact us so we can discuss possible ways we can support your participation at: forums@experiencescanada.ca

This year’s theme: Reconciliation

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.

Not another boring virtual event!

Youth have been living online and want something way more interactive than a typical zoom call. Built on the success of past online youth events and our virtual Online Conversation Series, we’ve designed our program to draw on some of the best strategies we have observed for fun, engaging, and truly interactive online experience.
The Forum will include interactive conversations, project building, and learning from Indigenous community leaders. Each day will offer a variety of activities, with an emphasis on small group work, opportunities for youth to lead and participate in conversations, and even a nightly hang-out session so participants can get to know each other in a more informal setting.
Participants will leave this forum with a greater understanding of meaningful steps towards reconciliation and a new toolbox of skills that they can use as the world continues to operate online.
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What to expect:

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The Program

Youth will gather virtually over the five days to discuss Reconciliation efforts in their communities. They will also hear from Elders, Knowledge Keepers community leaders,  emerging leaders and youth activists about some of the inspiring work being done to address priorities in their communities.

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Youth Leaders

Youth Leaders are inspiring and supportive group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous young aults that will help guide and mentor participants throughout the week-long Virtual Forum on Reconciliation.

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