Canadian Roots Exchange has organized multiple exchanges in collaboration with YMCA Youth Exchanges Canada. These groups are usually formed in the fall for youth between the ages of 14-18 years from Toronto and Ottawa to participate in partnership with two other communities across Canada. The exchange(s) have not been confirmed for the 2015/2016 exchange as of yet so please make sure to stay updated on our website and facebook. This past year our exchanges were from Toronto-Saskatoon and Ottawa/Gatineau – Cawston, BC.
The exchanges have a focus on:
- Learning Canadian histories and present realities in relations to the experiences of Indigenous and Immigrant communities through community and group activities, ceremonies and walking tours
- Inter-generational dialogue and valuing oral traditions and histories from Indigenous communities
- Strengthening relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth through providing leadership skills, public speaking and conflict resolution training
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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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