Upcoming Programs


Six Nations Exchange | February 16-21, 2015

Canadian Roots Exchange is organizing an exchange during reading week (Feb 16-21) 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. The program will include some focus on local Indigenous run businesses.  To be considered you must be available for the entire program as well as participate in 2 to 3 pre-program orientation sessions 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.  Applications will be viewed as they are being received and offers will commence the week of December 8th until spots are filled. Any interested participants should submit an online application.  APPLY HERE! 


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 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

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

*Get the application by emailing saskatoon@canadianroots.ca, applications are due December 1, 2014.

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)

*APPLY HERE, Deadline for application December 12, 2014.  For more info or questions email ottawa@canadianroots.ca.

For more details, please contact info@canadianroots.ca



March 5-7, 2015

Taking part at Children of the Earth High School, CRE’s national youth forum is a youth to youth interactive forum whereby participants take part in sessions that explore how to bridge the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Canada.  We are anticipating approximately 300 youth taking part from across the country.  The target age for this forum is youth between the ages of 15 and 29 years.

To register for the conference please click here.

If you’re interested in being a presenter or require additional information please contact us at:  conference@canadianroots.ca



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