Take the National Challenge
The Youth for Reconciliation Movement challenges all educational institutions across Canada to commit to a Legacy Reconciliation Project in their school.
The goal is to raise awareness, increase engagement, and empower positive action in our schools and communities that will bring us closer to real society equity and justice with the Indigenous populations of Canada.
Participants are encouraged to share commitments, progress made, and finished product on your social media and share with #MàmawiTogether on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Content will be curated and shared on our digital platforms as part of an on-going, interactive educational dialogue and demonstration.
This Challenge is not prescriptive! We want our youth, supported by their communities, to be honest, resPectful and innovative in their responses to what
Reconciliation means to them.
It’s up to them to determine how they can have an impact on the healing conversation underway and contribute to a lasting impact where they live. Connections to our Elders and the Indigenous community wherever possible is encouraged, as well as involvement of the broader community.
On April 26th, 2017, 150 Indigenous and non-Indigenous students from the Ottawa Catholic School Board and the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board participated in a Youth for Reconciliation event organized by Màmawi Together. In addition to making personal commitments to reconciliation, they focused on what Canada could do or be in the future. This event produced nine actionable challenges that would help make reconciliation a reality.
On May 11, 2017, at the Màmawi Together 5th Annual Speaker Series, the students’ personal commitments were shared, and a small group of students presented the nine “calls to action” to the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett, and Honorary Patron, Senator Murray Sinclair, before an audience of more than 500 community members and witnesses.
Personal commitments included 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 of the positives of Indigenous cultures and traditions. Many Indigenous students committed to learn more about their culture and their languages and then share their knowledge and help mentor others.