2019 Event

Youth for Reconciliation Day February 22 at the University of Ottawa - schools only

Schools from all four Ottawa School Boards are invited to attend. We are looking for schools to bring 4-5 students who are keen to engage in a legacy Reconciliation project in their schools or who belong to a Leadership/Mentoring club or are a part of Student Council. A supervisor would accompany them. It is open to Grades 7-12. Students need to bring a lunch.

The Youth Day will consist of workshops and activities focused on advancing Indigenous awareness and education, the National Challenge and Reconciliation at the community level.

Contact your Board's Indigenous Education Lead to register students or email us with the details in the form below:

Speaker Series Evening Event April 25 at the University of Ottawa - Open to the public

The evening event will feature a keynote speaker on the "Critical Role of the Arts in Reconciliation" with youth presentations, arts performances and National Challenge highlights. 

We gratefully acknowledge our sponsors for 2019: 

Ottawa Carleton District School Board
University of Ottawa, Faculty of Education & Equity Knowledge Network

United Church of Canada

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Past Events and Activities


In 2009, parents and co-founders Margaret Embleton and Tim O’Loan began awareness-raising activities at their children’s school.

This led to the Màmawi Together Speaker Series...



Stemming from the awareness raised by the activities at Pleasant Park School, the Annual Aboriginal Lecture Series was launched in 2012 at the request of parents at the school to involve them in more reconciliation efforts.

In 2015, the evening event became a multi-school, school Board, and volunteer initiative. It was renamed the Màmawi Together Speaker Series and featured a community education event with a lively question and answer period.

Past speakers have been:

2013: Trina Bolman, Legacy of Hope

Topic: "History of Residential Schools"

2014: Scott Serson Former Federal Government Deputy Minister of Aboriginal and Northern Affairs

Topic: "Myths, Misperceptions & Reconciliation"

2015: Commissioner Marie Wilson, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

Topic: "The Role We Can All Play in Reconciliation"

2016: The Honourable Senator Murray Sinclair

Topic: "The Critical Role of Education in Reconciliation"

2017: Minister Hon. Carolyn Bennett and Hon. Senator Murray Sinclair

Topic: “Responding to the 9 Student Challenges”

2018: Max FineDay Executive Director of the Canadian Roots Exchange

Topic: a 3-Part Event focused on responding to the youths’ Challenges presented last year.
Part 1: Màmawi Together National Challenge: To be launched nation-wide, to all schools.
Part 2: Panel Discussion on 'Engaging Truths in the Steps Towards Reconciliation’
Part 3: Youth for Reconciliation Community Day - Schools from all four Ottawa School Boards invited to attend.
Panel Discussion on 'Gender Equity and Diversity in Reconciliation'


Inaugural Legacy Project


To honour the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report and Survivors of Residential Schools, a special collaborative art mural and education project took place in 2015. Algonquin Elder and Artist Albert Dumont collaboratively led all students of Pleasant Park School and some from Ridgemont High School in the creation of the mural at Pleasant Park School. When it was unveiled on June 10th, 2015, the broader community joined the act of reconciliation. This was made possible with the support of many parent, school and community volunteers, the City of Ottawa Paint-it-Up Mural Grant, and other community and business funders.


In 2017, the 5th Annual Màmawi Together Speakers Series was celebrated in two parts. Both focused on the critical role of youth in reconciliation and creating a new and more equitable Canada based on greater understanding, appreciation and action. At the evening event, students from the Youth for Reconciliation movement shared their personal commitments to reconciliation and presented the nine challenges that were an outcome from Youth for Reconciliation Day.

In attendance were Indigenous Affairs & Northern Development Minister Carolyn Bennett, Senator Murray Sinclair, Former Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Honorary Patron, and over 500 members of the public.



Youth For Reconciliation Day

In spring 2017, to mark Canada’s 150 Sesquicentennial year and in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action, 150 Indigenous and non- Indigenous students from both the Ottawa English Public and Catholic School Boards came together to start a Màmawi Together Youth for Reconciliation movement.


Personal commitments shared included pledges to:

  • Continue to be personally more aware and educated

  • Help raise awareness and educate others

  • Help empower Indigenous people

  • Use social media platforms to inform everyone about the positive aspects of Indigenous cultures.

Many indigenous students also committed to learn more about their culture and their languages, share that knowledge, and help to mentor others.

While many of the challenges demand the leadership of the Federal, Provincial and Municipal Governments, the Màmawi Together Challenge is directed at the educational system. We at Màmawi Together believe that schools, youth and the public have the power to make this happen.




Supporters and Sponsors


The Pleasant Park School Parent Council has been supportive of our efforts to introduce Indigenous stories and cultural activities to students and teachers since 2009. In 2010, they initiated  an annual budget allotment for FNMI contributions and activities to our experiential learning program and added National Indigenous Peoples Day to the school calendar and announcements. They are also patrons of the Pleasant Park School mural.

Volunteers from the Pleasant Park School community have been instrumental in bringing our initiatives to other communities and securing our first grant.


Many sources have made our initiatives a reality by giving generously:

A $1,000 grant from the Ontario Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grant Program allowed Pleasant Park School to hire Aboriginal Experiences to support in-school learning events and supported the launch of our Aboriginal Lecture Series.

The City of Ottawa Paint-it-Up Mural Grant made our 2015 mural initiative possible.

The Ken and Debbie Rubin Foundation; The City of Ottawa and Crime Prevention Ottawa, Rideau Park United Church as well as the Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB), and many other individual donors.

To lend your support, please contact us.


Elder Albert Dumont

Algonquin Spiritual Advisor and artist, engaged Pleasant Park School students in creating a four-panel mural representing the four seasons. His contribution helped us create a lasting symbol of unity in our home community.