MANITOULIN ISLAND EXCHANGE | June 27th-July 3rd, 2016
Canadian Roots Exchange is organizing a 7 day exchange to Manitoulin Island. The group will be comprised of an Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth. Youth between the ages of 18 and 29 years of age are encouraged to apply. The program will be comprised of a equal number of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. Participants will have the opportunity to visit two Anishinaabek communities; Sheguiandah and M’Chigeeng and the site of a former Residential School in Spanish, ON. Visiting these locations will give participants personal connections to the land, peoples and its history. The visit to Manitoulin aims to share a First Nations perspectives on Education, Language Revitalization Culture and History. This is an active experiential program in which participants will be walking, hiking and possibly canoeing, along with helping to prepare traditional foods and participating in teachings of the Sheguiandah Traditional pow wow. This project is partially sponsored and youth participants who are selected will be asked to contribute a $750 participation fee. s. Youth facing financial barriers who have challenges contributing $750 are still encouraged to apply as there will be some bursaries to assist youth facing financial barriers. CRE provides round-trip transport from Hamilton or Toronto, food, lodging and all activities for the program. Selected participants are required to attend 1-2 pre-departure sessions before exchange.
BEARDY’S & OKEMASIS FIRST NATION EXCHANGE | July 27-31, 2016
Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation is one of the original signatories to Treaty 6, making it a location rich in Cree and Métis culture. Its proximity to Fort Carleton and Batoche also make it an ideal place to learn about Saskatchewan and Métis history. Over the course of 4 days and nights, 13 Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants will come together to learn from community members and develop a greater understanding of each others’ current realities. As part of this program, youth participants will camp in tipis, learn about the historical importance of the region as well as the modern successes of the community, learn about traditional medicines and visit the local health centre, and will attend the Beardy’s and Okemasis Traditional Pow wow. Youth between the ages of 18 and 29 years of age are encouraged to apply. This project is supported in part by Willow Cree Health Services. Youth participants who are selected will be asked to contribute a $500 participation fee. CRE will provide round-trip transport from Saskatoon, food, lodging and all activities for the program. CRE strives to make its programs accessible and as such, youth facing financial barriers who have challenges contributing the full fee are still encouraged to apply as some bursaries can be made available. Selected participants are required to attend 1-2 pre-departure sessions before the exchange as well as to bring minimal camping gear.
Interested participants should submit an online application, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 306-966-2964
ALGONQUIN EXCHANGE | tentative dates: August 19-25, 2016
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 connect with the land and water which is home to the Algonquin Nation. As a group comprised of Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth, we will canoe, hike and learn about the Algonquin territory and its peoples. Hosted by community members and Elders near Whitney, ON and Lanark, ON, participants will learn about Algonquin traditions, the history of the region, traditional foods, water justice, wild rice harvesting, and much more. This is an active, experiential program in which participants will be camping, walking, hiking and canoeing almost every day. Youth between the ages of 18 and 29 years of age are encouraged to apply. Selected participants are required to attend 1-2 pre-departure sessions before exchange. Fees will apply to this program. CRE strives to make its programs accessible and as such, youth facing financial barriers who have challenges contributing the full fee are still encouraged to apply as some bursaries can be made available.
Any interested participants should submit an online application, or contact email@example.com, 647-956-5019.
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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 aim to raise awareness of Indigenous histories, cultures and current realities. Workshops help participants to dispel stereotypes, deepen their knowledge of the history of Canada and Indigenous communities, as well as an understanding of contemporary realities and reconciliation. 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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