Youth For Reconciliation Challenges
Challenge #1: Mandatory history curriculum
We would like an authentic and mandatory curriculum and course that accurately represents Canadian history pre-European contact and which reflects Indigenous perspectives. Canadian history is indigenous history. We want you to learn from and with Indigenous people instead of learning for us, so the curriculum should include partnerships with Indigenous community members. This wish and challenge to decision makers was on every student’s list.
Challenge #2: Opportunities to learn Indigenous traditions
To make a base for youth and interpersonal reconciliation, we would like to learn from primary sources to keep it authentic – preferably by visiting indigenous communities, having youth round tables with First Nations, Metis and Inuit students and non-indigenous students, youth camps and youth exchange programs.
Challenge #3: Equal funding
We want the government to provide equal funding for Indigenous children - we seek equity across the board for Indigenous people on reserve and in the North - including education, health, better housing, and clean water. We seek more funding and resources for skills training and employment opportunities to address the economic gaps. We think the government should provide access to revenues from this country's natural resources for indigenous communities. This could be via acceleration of First Nations land settlements including fair and appropriate ownership and or sharing of natural resource economics.
Challenge #4: Better mental health care
We want the health care system to provide mental health care and address intergenerational trauma. We specifically want youth supports for mental health care for intergenerational trauma. We all of our society to understand the importance of talking about intergenerational trauma.
Challenge #5: More Indigenous teachers, leaders,
We want decision makers to help us create opportunities to have more indigenous teachers, role models, representation, and leaders in society and mainstream media. The government needs to seize opportunities to fill vacancies and appointments with indigenous leaders who serve as role models for both indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians.
Challenge #6: Eliminate the Indian Act
We want the government to change or eventually abolish the Indian Act to better reflect the needs of Indigenous people. And to immediately start (as in tomorrow), and effective inquiry into the missing and murdered indigenous women and children.
Challenge #7: Become part of the solution
We invite all attendees to Màmawi Together to help create a positive and viral message of reconciliation across Canada, geared to demonstrate how all Canadians can and should be a part of the solution. It is not just for the decision makers - all positive actions and gestures welcome, desired, and necessary in this healing process towards reconciliation. We thank the panelists and anyone who is already making reconciliation a priority in their work. We ask everyone to join in the important nation-building work. We want to take advantage of Ottawa as the capital city of Canada as a unique opportunity to be a leader in advancing reconciliation.
Challenge #8: Legacy Reconciliation project in schools
We want to make a national challenge for all schools to commit to the 2017: Legacy Reconciliation project in this Canada 150 year. This project should serve to raise awareness, increase engagement and empower positive action that brings us closer to real society equity and justice with our indigenous populations of Canada.
Challenge #9: Create a National Indigenous Remembrance and Reconciliation Day
We also think we need a National Indigenous Remembrance and Reconciliation Day to honour Residential Schools and Intergenerational Survivors, 60s Scoop and missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. And yes, this day should be a statutory holiday.