Upcoming Programs


Manitoulin Island Exchange | May 1 to 10, 2015

Manitoulin Island or Mnidoo Mnising is home of the Ojibwe, Odawa and Pottawatomi People’s or Anishnaabek. In this 9 day long program participants will have the opportunity to visit four Anishinaabek communities; Whitefish River, Sheguiandah, Wikwemikong and M’Chigeeng. Participants will also visit the former Spanish Residential School and learn about residential school history within the area. This Manitoulin visit will focus on First Nations education, language revitalization and connection to land through arts and crafts. This is an active experiential program, where participants will be hiking, walking and possibly canoeing, along with helping to prepare traditional foods and participating in crafting workshops. Ka-waabmin pii dgoshnan maanpii Mnising – see you when you arrive to the Island!   Any interested participants should submit an online application.  APPLY HERE! 


Canadian Roots Exchange has been organizing 2 exchanges in collaboration with the YMCA. These groups are already formed among 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 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

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



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