Youth Voices on Reconciliation

March 06, 2014

Youth Voices on Reconciliation was a day-long dialogue for students, teachers and administrators to discuss the role of the high school system in creating reconciliation among Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. A major output was a list of actionable ideas generated by participants for their districts and schools to consider for implementation.

The resulting dialogue report summarizes participant ideas for action under the following seven themes:

  1. Integrate Indigenous culture, arts and history in all subject areas
  2. Include Indigenous peoples in decision-making and the presentation of Indigenous knowledge
  3. Provide professional development opportunities for teachers
  4. Support student-driven reconciliation initiatives and provide resources towards these
  5. Model healthy relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples
  6. Hold cultural awareness activities for Indigenous students to learn about and proudly share their culture
  7. Increase Awareness of Indigenous history and heritage at a younger age

More Resources

Reconciliation Poem
Written by student participants

Graphic Recording
Chief Robert Joseph Keynote
By Avril Orloff

Graphic Recording
Youth Voices on Reconciliation
By Avril Orloff

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Special thanks to event advisors Karen Joseph, Brandon Curr, Ron Johnston, Brad Baker and Trista Fuller.