Upcoming Programs


Canadian Roots Exchange will be organizing 2 upcoming exchanges in collaboration with the YMCA. These are open to youth between the ages of 14-18 years from the communities of Toronto, ON, Ottawa, ON/Gatineau, QC, Saskatoon, SK, and Cawston, B.C. The exchanges will place a focus on:

- Learning Canadian histories in relations to histories of Indigenous and Immigrant communities
- Inter-generational dialogue and valuing oral traditions and histories from Indigenous communities
- Strengthening relations between newcomer and Indigenous youth through providing leadership skills, public speaking and conflict resolution training

Saskatoon – Toronto Reconciliation Initiative Exchange

Toronto Hosting Dates: February 15, 2015 – February 23, 2015 (Saskatoon youth are hosted in Toronto)

Saskatoon Hosting Dates: March 25, 2015 – March 31, 2015 (Toronto youth are hosted in Saskatoon)

*this exchange will be in collaboration with participants from the Toronto-based Sisters of the Soil Initiative

Ottawa/Gatineau – Cawston, BC Reconciliation Initiative Exchange

Cawston Hosting Dates: March 14, 2015 – March 20, 2015 (Ottawa/Gatineau youth are hosted in Cawston)

Ottawa/Gatineau Hosting Dates: May 28, 2015 – June 3, 2015 (Cawston youth are hosted in Ottawa)

For more details contact info@canadianroots.ca



Oh Canada, our Home on Native Land: Discussing Decolonization

Thursday, November 6th 2014, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Location: Madeleine Parent (3600 McTavish, SSMU building). This workshop strives to build cultural solidarity through an interactive dialogue about our relationships to the land and its histories. It will provide a more critical look at the contributions of Indigenous communities in Canadian historical narratives, while work towards dispelling stereotypes of Indigenous Peoples in Canada today. Join us in exploring  within ourselves and with each other what decolonization and reconciliation can look like. Snacks and refreshments with be provided! This workshop will be co-facilitated by Canadian Roots Exchange – Youth Reconciliation Initiative (YRI) and KANATA McGill Indigenous Studies Community as part of QPIRG-McGill’s Culture Shock week.

Click here for the full workshop schedule!



CRE is a registered charity for the charity challenge.  Are you or anyone you know interested in running 5km, half marathon or full marathon for CRE?  Money raised goes towards providing more program opportunities for youth with access barriers.  If you are not a runner, you can sponsor one of our runners or just come and cheer us on.




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.

For more details contact info@canadianroots.ca