Youth Navigate the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action (YNTRC) aims to raise awareness, concern and action among youth in response to the 94 Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action published in 2015. The project will bring together diverse Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants in youth-led dialogue and meaningful, thoughtful engagement as they navigate the recommendations together.
Youth Navigate the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action will engage youth to examine the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action (TRC Calls to Action) and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The objective is to increase understanding of the evolving identity of Canada with the goal of harmonious diversity and inclusion. The project will assist youth to examine the TRC Calls to Action through empathy-based learning approaches, as a means of heightening their awareness and appreciation of the traditional role of Aboriginal cultures, values and resilience and inspiring respect and inclusiveness in the young leaders of tomorrow.
Approximately 400 diverse youth from across Canada, ages 15-18 (grades 9-12) will participate directly through the formal education sector and out-of-school youth-serving organizations.
The youth will work alongside approximately 30 student-mentors (ages 18-25) who will support the participants as they learn about the TRC Calls to Action & UNDRIP and customize their own learning activities.
The project will be implemented in Montreal, the Toronto/Ajax region, and Vancouver. It will run from September 2018 to March 2019, inclusively.
- Raise awareness of the process and outcomes of the TRC Calls to Action and elicit active youth participation, linking the 94 recommendations to youth’s everyday experiences in society;
- Foster youth understand of the types of barriers that isolate Indigenous peoples and minority groups, creating mistrust, misunderstanding, and marginalization of these groups in Canada;
- Heighten appreciation of Indigenous cultures and values and their contribution to a shared heritage we know as Canada, and explore ways there values can be broadly shared and celebrated;
- Increase readiness and resilience among youth to see themselves as champions of reconciliation and bridge-builders for a socially diverse and cohesive Canada.
- Student Recruitment & needs assessment
- Recruit diverse youth in 4 Canadian cities to participate in the 8 month project.
- Assess needs through pre-surveys, community mapping exercised and roundtable consultations to gauge the level of understanding, perceptions, and existing knowledge gaps when it comes to the TRC Calls to Action, UNDRIP, and the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada.
- Engage with the TRC Calls to Action & UNDRIP and other training materials
- Distribute training materials to schools that summarize the TRC Calls to Action, UNDRIP, and the SDGs into accessible language;
- The materials will be used to move participants from awareness, to concern, and to meaningful engagement through informed dialogue and action.
- Empathy-based learning activities
- Engage youth in activities that allow them to navigate the TRC Calls to Action while guiding learning outcomes. Youth will participate in group simulation activities such as active listening, debating, negotiating compromise, and building consensus;
- The activities require active participation and “walking in another’s shoes,” which will promote empathy for the perspectives and lived experiences of others.
- Youth-focused symposium
- The regional symposia will take place in March 2019 and will offer participants an opportunity to showcase what they have learned. Youth will demonstrate their acquired knowledge and actions on building inclusive communities through various mediums such as essay writing, music, dance, drumming, poetry/spoken word, and other artistic expression.
- Pledge to reconciliation
- Youth will create pledges to reconciliation that reflect their commitment to fostering harmonious diversity, social cohesion, understanding, and active citizenship in their communities.
Youth Navigate the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action will be implemented in four cities across Canada: Montreal, Ajax, Toronto, and Vancouver.
Regional Coordinator Bios
- Montreal – Marie Plamondon
- Ajax – Jessica Schafer
- Toronto – Amy Kikuchi
- Vancouver – Sukhmeet Sachal
Youth Navigate the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action is generously funded in part by the GOC through Canadian Heritage.
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