NIIGAANZHAADAA – MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER: CRE NATIONAL YOUTH RECONCILIATION CONFERENCE
HELD IN SUDBURY, ONTARIO FROM MARCH 17-19, 2016
The 4th Annual Canadian Roots Exchange Youth Reconciliation Conference that took place from March 17th to March 19th, 2016 on traditional Anishinabek territory in Sudbury Ontario was a great success! We have received a tremendous amount of positive feedback from youth from across Canada who participated and joined Canadian Roots Exchange in the Niigaazhaadaa, Moving Forward Together Youth Conference.
CRE would not have had such a successful conference without everyone who dedicated their time and effort towards helping us put on this 3 day event. CRE was so happy to welcome over 165 youth from diverse communities from across the country, and thrilled to see young movers and shakers coming together to learn, play, and work towards improving relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
Canadian Roots Exchange would like extend our thanks to: the community of Sudbury, the respected Elders who supported and guided us throughout the conference, the volunteers, cultural ambassadors and drummers who kept the Niigaanzhaadaa heartbeat strong, our inspiring keynote speakers: Desmond Cole, Erica Lee, Serena Koostachin and TiCarra Paquet for attending and sharing their experiences, as well as everyone who lead workshops, contributed, participated and took interest in this year’s conference.
In the spirit of the Niigaanzhaadaa Conference,We hope we can all continue to move forward together towards positive, youth-led change!
Niigaanzhaadaa CRE National Youth Conference in the News:
- Sudbury Star, written by Ben Leeson on March 17: “Youth conference focuses on ‘Moving Forward Together” : youth participants and leaders share testimonials about their experience at the CRE Conference
- CBC Sudbury: “Indigenous and non-indigenous youth gathering in Sudbury: Canadian Roots Exchange organizes annual conference”: CBC Sudbury interviewed CRE’s Executive director vibhor garg about the CRE Niigaanzhaadaa conference
- Radio-Canada, Le matin du Nord: “L’organisation Échanges racines canadiennes à Sudbury” – listen to a radio interview that CRE’s Communications Officer did with Radio-Canada, Le matin du Nord – une entrevue avec ICI Radio-Canada, Le matin du Nord sur notre conférence, Niigaanzhaadaa.