CRE has confirmed 2 programs open to youth. We also will will be recruiting for our National Youth Reconciliation Initiative shortly.
1. Manitoulin Island Exchange - May 1 to 8, 2014 (priority for McMaster University students)
2. Algonquin & Silver Lake Pow Wow Exchange Program - August 19 to 25, 2014
3. Customized workshops (for teachers, or youth groups) - anytime
MANITOULIN ISLAND EXCHANGE - May 1 to 8, 2014
Manitoulin Island, or Mnidoo Mnising is home of the Ojibwe, Odawa and Pottawatomi People’s. This program will be hosted by M’Chigeeng First Nation and will consist of a weeklong visit where participants can learn about residential school history, language revitalization, health & wellness, success in education, and economic opportunities within the community. The program will also feature day trips throughout beautiful Manitoulin Island, to the other six First Nation communities and to the surrounding areas of pristine natural environment. This is an active experiential program, where participants will be hiking, walking and possibly canoeing along with helping to prepare traditional foods and participating in crafting workshops. Priority for this exchange will be given to McMaster University students. Fees for this program are $1,100. Program fees include round trip transport from Hamilton or Toronto, food, lodging and all programming activities. There are bursaries to assist youth with financial barriers.
ALGONQUIN & SILVER LAKE POW WOW EXCHANGE PROGRAM - August 19-25, 2014
Did you know the Algonquin Territory stretches from North Bay, into Algonquin Park, south to Perth and east to Ottawa? This program invites you to learn about the significant contribution of the birch bark canoe and to connect with the land and water which is home to the Algonquin Nation. Participants will be hosted by Nokomis Jane and her family in Whitney, Ontario. We will canoe, hike and learn about the history of the Algonquin land claim and how it will affect the peoples who live within the territory today. Participants will also travel to Silver Lake to learn, participate and volunteer at one of the most celebrated social gatherings of the year: Silver Lake Pow Wow! We will be hosted by Uncle Larry and his family. Participants will learn about traditional rice harvesting, species at risk and will help to build a birch bark canoe! This program is highly experiential with participants camping, hiking and canoeing almost every day, as well as assisting in preparing traditional foods and crafts. Program fees for this exchange are $650/ person. Fees include round trip transport from Toronto or Kingston, food, lodging and all activity costs. CRE strives to make its programs accessible and makes available some bursary assistance for all of its programs.
Canadian Roots is currently planning a number of youth led activities in various communities across Canada. CRE has trained youth facilitators who deliver workshops that try to raise awareness of Indigenous history, culture and current realities. Workshops help participants to dispel stereotypes, deepen their knowledge of the history including the struggles and triumphs of Indigenous Canadians. If you are interested in having Canadian Roots do a workshop with your youth please contact us. We have designed and delivered workshops that have ranged from a few hours to 2 days.
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