Our Philosophy

The Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE) is a registered charity that was founded in 2009 by a group of youth with the guidance and support of Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux. They believed that in order to realize reconciliation in Canada, it would take an education and dialogue between youth to foster a wide understanding of Canada's rich indigeneity.

The Canadian Roots Exchange is built on the hope that we can inspire a generation of leaders who will redefine and strengthen relationships between Canada's peoples. The CRE exchanges, workshops, conferences, and documentaries are part of a national process that believes that 'exchanges unite us' as people living in a shared land.

Through CRE exchanges, knowledge and intercultural understanding are being generated between youth across Canada. Every exchange is coordinated and led by young people in partnership with adult cultural and community resources. The goal is to bridge long-standing knowledge divides with our multi-faceted experiential educational model, and bridge existing cultural divides through interpersonal, dialogical sharing sessions between participants. The Canadian Roots Exchange is a youth-led, youth-focused initiative that targets youth between the ages of 15-30.

Every year Canadian Roots gets closer to its goal of having youth leadership teams and running exchanges and programsin every province and territory across Canada.  For the 2013-14 program year,, CRE has youth reconciliation leadership teams in 9 different communities in 7 different provinces or territories including British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia. 

Here at Canadian Roots there are certain principles that we believe in and that help guide us as we plan our programs.

Listed below are the principles and goals of the Candian Roots program - click on any of the titles to learn more about who we are and what we stand for.

1. Building networks of solidarity

2. Practicing what we preach

3. Creating safe places for dialoque

4. Discovering positive realities

5.Including indigenous world views in everyday thought

6. Having fun together

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