Canada: Youth Ambassador Virtual Journey of Reconciliation
Join other young adults who are interested in the role of reconciliation and learning more about Canadian indigenous history. It is our hope that this program will better equip non-Indigenous young people with the tools and opportunity to act as bridges between their church community and a local Indigenous community.
The Office of Race Relations and Canadian Indigenous Ministry Committee have come together to develop a dynamic and experiential leadership development and reconciliation program for youth in a faith community. It is our hope that this program will better equip non-Indigenous young people with the tools and opportunity to act as bridges between their church community and a local Indigenous community.
Your Cross-cultural Virtual Reconciliation Journey
The cross-cultural reconciliation journey is designed to offer a transformational community learning experience. There will be a mixture of individual and group activities that are designed to promote holistic growth and development. In addition to learning about cultural and historical issues critical to the well-being of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada, participants will experience land-based education, traditional methods of story-telling, and be exposed directly and indirectly to Indigenous ways of life. The learning experience will also include explanations of the diversity of Indigenous cultures within the context of Manitoba and lessons on the relationship between Indigenous peoples and the Canadian government, including a history of the oppression caused by colonization. We believe that this type of education is key for moving forward with the process of reconciliation, as it often the case that Indigenous peoples and the issues surrounding their community are misunderstood.
It is our hope that this community learning journey will offer space for non-Indigenous youth to evaluate the assumptions and biases they may have about Indigenous communities, and to have their world-views transformed.
Young adults will be selected from faith communities that are located within 50 km of a reserve/Friendship Centre and meet as many of the following criteria as possible:
18-29 years of age
Prior experience with working with people of diverse backgrounds (socio-economic, racial, ethnic, cultural) in their church or school communities
Interest in reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous persons
Self-awareness, sensitivity, empathy, creativity and self-motivation
Socially conscious and justice oriented
Responsibility and ability to work with others
Willingness to participate fully in the program and to abide by the conditions of participation