Upcoming Programs



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

For more details, please contact info@canadianroots.ca


SIX-NATIONS EXCHANGE | February 14-19, 2016  

Canadian Roots Exchange is organizing an exchange during reading week (Feb 14-19, 2016) in Six Nations of the Grand River. The group will be comprised of an Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth leader. Post-secondary students from all over Toronto and the GTA are invited to apply. During the planned exchange, Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth will mutually learn more about the history, culture and current realities in Six Nations. Some of the topics of learning include traditional medicines, treaties, residential schools, Iocal business, Indigenous world views and environmental sustainability. To be considered you must be available for the entire program as well as attend at least one of two pre-program orientation session that will be planned. The program will be for 6 days, 5 nights in total. The program will be comprised of a equal number of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. This project is largely being sponsored and youth participants who are selected will be asked to contribute a $600 participation fee. Youth facing financial barriers who have challenges contributing $600 are still encouraged to apply as there will be some bursaries to assist youth facing financial barriers. CRE provides round-trip transport from Toronto, food, lodging and all activities for the program. The info sessions will be at 5:30pm-7:00pm on January 12th and 21st, 2016 at the 246 Bloor St West, 7th Floor, Toronto, ON M5S 1V4. Applications received up until Dec 18, 2015 will be responded to prior to Dec 23rd, 2015. All other applications will receive a response after the holidays. For any questions please email info@canadianroots.ca 416-946-5047



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