When it comes to creating an action plan to achieve the objectives of UNDRIP, it is crucial to create space for Indigenous youth to share their perspectives and priorities.
Over the next few months, CRE will be hosting virtual sharing circles, an in-person forum in Iqaluit, Nunavut in partnership with Ivviulutit, and a virtual policy hackathon.
A supplementary survey will also be made available to ensure folks who are unable to participate in the engagement activities or would prefer this method still have the opportunity to have their voice heard. Guided by a community advisory committee, this engagement seeks to help to make sure that the action plan truly responds to diverse Indigenous realities.
- You identify as Indigenous (First Nation, Metis, and/or Inuit), and
- Are between the ages of 18 and 29.
- You do not need to have a background or knowledge related to UNDRIP. However, to help you feel prepared for the engagements we have put together a growing resource list that you can find below!
Graphic facilitators will be present throughout the engagement as a way to create accessible, visual, and informative records of the conversations.
See below for more information about each engagement activity, as well as a form to apply or sign up!
UNDRIP Engagement Survey
Welcome, and thank you for taking our survey! CRE is spending Fall 2022 gathering Indigenous youth’s thoughts on the government’s action plan to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples (UNDRIP).
UNDRIP is meant to elevate Indigenous rights in every area of life. As the government drafts how it will begin to bring Canada’s laws into alignment with UNDRIP, CRE is working to create space for Indigenous youth to share their perspectives and priorities.
The information from this survey (as well as the sharing circles, in-person forum, and hackathon we are hosting) will be used to create a wrap-up report and recommendations for the government to consider and hopefully incorporate into their action plan. Our report will be drafted in November 2022.
Everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a draw to win 1 of 4 prizes valued at $250.00!
Please note that some of the questions in this survey may be triggering. If you find yourself needing support or care, please access resources here: https://canadianroots.ca/the-centre/undripactionplan/ under the resources tab.
For resources about UNDRIP and more information about CRE’s work related to UNDRIP, visit our website: https://canadianroots.ca/the-centre/
If you would like to stay up to date about this engagement, please email email@example.com.
Sharing circles creates a safe space for participants to share their perspectives and will allow participants to speak freely about their experiences. The structure of these sessions will ensure that others are listening, allowing for participants to take the lead in developing the direction of the circle, thus giving a sense of empowerment and trust within the circle.
Most importantly, this approach emphasizes story-telling, a practice that is so highly valued amongst Indigenous cultures.
More details will be shared with participants one week before the circle.
We hope that you will be able to join us!
- Sharing Circle #1: Wednesday, September 7th – 6 PM – 8 PM EST
- Sharing Circle #2: Tuesday, September 13th – 2 PM – 4 PM EST
- Sharing Circle #3: Wednesday, September 14th – 1 PM – 3 PM EST
- Sharing Circle #4: Tuesday, September 20th – 11 AM – 1 PM EST
- Sharing Circle #5: Wednesday, September 21st – 6 PM – 8 PM EST
Each youth participant will receive an honorarium of $150.00 for their participation in the engagements.
Deadline to apply
As spots are limited, please sign up at your earliest convenience.
Please note that if the circle you select is full, you will be added to a waitlist or offered a spot at another circle that has remaining spaces.
In-Person Forum in Iqaluit, Nunavut
In partnership with Ivviulutit, a local grassroots group for Inuit, and BIPOC 2SLGBTQQIA+ youth, we will be hosting an in-person forum.
**Participants must be located in Iqaluit at the time of the forum to participate
The In-Person forum will be taking place on September 28th, from 10:00 AM EST to 4:00 PM EST at the Aqsarniit Hotel & Conference Centre.
We will also be holding space for those taking part in the forum to gather on September 27th to get to know one another and share a meal. We look forward to meeting everyone!
A $500.00 honorarium will be provided to each of the participants, and lunch will also be provided. Transportation to the hotel will be provided if needed.
Deadline to apply
September 18th, 2022
Please note that if the forum is full, you will be added to a waitlist and be contacted if a space becomes available.
Indigenous Youth Policy Hackathon
As we continue to find new ways to make space for Indigenous youth to lead policy discussions and decision-making, policy hackathons present an opportunity to empower and educate all in the same space, while also fostering connections with other like-minded youth.
What is a Policy Hackathon?
A Policy Hackathon is an event where teams are given a case study outlining a policy problem, and given a limited amount of time to come up with policy solutions to that problem.
Their recommendations are then evaluated by a panel of judges, and a winner is declared. By their nature and structure, Policy Hackathons create space for imagining innovative policy solutions while also building people’s capacity to work in the policy field.
With a strict time limit and a diversity of backgrounds and experiences among the participants, teams can have a “sky’s the limit” conversation about solutions, resulting in surprising and creative policy recommendations.
Importantly, this dialogue happens on a foundation that centers on safety, Indigenous identities, and Indigenous ways of knowing and being in the world all while you;
- Learn about policy in a safe, supportive learning environment!
- Meet other Indigenous youth interested in policy and governance!
- Build your capacity in critical analysis and change-making when it comes to reconciliation!
- Impact and contribute to the development of real legislation
- Weekend 1
- Friday, October 28th: 12 PM to 4 PM (EST)
- Saturday, October 29th: 12 PM to 4 PM (EST)
- Sunday, October 30th: 12 PM to 4 PM (EST)
- Weekend 2
- Saturday, November 5th: 12 PM to 4 PM (EST)
- Sunday, November 6th: 12 PM to 4 PM (EST)
- Closing Engagement
- Wednesday, November 9th: 6 PM to 8 PM (EST)
- A welcome gift (some exciting goodies delivered right to your door)
- A learners package (to help you get prepared for the hackathon)
- Lunch stipends ($25.00 for each of the 5 program days)
- Honoraria for your time and expertise
- $1,000.00 per 1st place team member
- $750.00 per 2nd place team member
- $500.00 per 3rd, 4th and 5th place team members
- Access to CREs Policy Alumni Network upon completion of the program
Deadline to apply
October 2nd, 2022
Please note that if the hackathon is full, you will be added to a waitlist and contacted if a space becomes available.
To help you feel prepared to take part in any part of the engagement (or if you are just curious to learn more) we have developed a resource package for you that includes various links both developed by the Centre, and pulled from other sources.
Check back for more resources and prep material to be added in the coming weeks!
Learn more about UNDRIP
- United Nations – UNDRIP (Full Document)
- Justice Canada – UNDA Fact Sheet
- Assembly of First Nations – Bill C-15 FAQ
- House of Commons of Canada – Bill C-15
- Indigenous Bar Association – Understanding UNDRIP
- Bill C-15 is a chance ‘to actually break with the colonial status quo’ – Katsi’tsakwas Ellen Gabriel
- Yellowhead Institute – Manufacturing Free, Prior and Informed Consent: A Brief History of Canada vs. UNDRIP
- Justice Canada – Indigenous Youth Voices on UNDRIP (video)
- Warrior Life Podcast – Ellen Gabriel on UNDRIP & Bill C-15 (video / podcast)
- Coalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples – UNDRIP Resource List
- Justice Canada – June 2022 Annual UNDRIP Implementation Progress Report
- You Matter Too: Resources for Self Care by Farrah Khan
- Indigenizing Your Self-Care
- Working Your Wheel: Indigenous Self Care (webinar)
- The Yellowhead Institute – Turning to Traditional Processes for Supporting Mental Health (interview with Ashley Carvill)
- Native Youth Sexual Health Network, You are made of Medicine: A mental health peer support manual
- Culture For Life campaign Resource Directory
- Two-Spirit ‘Zine by Marie Lang
- Zaagi’diwin Inakinogewin | Love Law: A Policy Note For Protecting Two-Spirit, Non-Binary & Trans Indigenous Peoples
- Pîkiskwêwin Indigenous language podcast project
- The Mamawi Project – Métis youth rebuilding their nations and celebrating culture
- Caring for Yourself is a Radical Act – Self-Care Guide for Youth Working in Community
- Working Your Wheel: Indigenous Self-Care (Webinar)
- Hope For Wellness online or by phone at 1-855-242-3310
- The Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line, Available in Inuktitut and English toll-free at 1-800-265-3333
The Outcome of the Engagement
Once the engagement activities are complete, we will be completing a report and submitting it to Justice Canada to inform their action plan. An interim report will also be submitted to help to provide initial insight based on our past UNDRIP Implementation engagements.
The final report will be shared with all participants prior to completion to ensure your perspectives and priorities are reflected in our submission. The report that CRE is developing will be published here in December 2022.
To ensure engagement is guided by community priorities, subject matter experts have been asked to support in the form of an advisory committee. We are grateful for the time and knowledge that each member, has and continues to share with us!
Have any questions?
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