Creating space for transformative conversations

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


In partnership with:

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

Event Resources

Youth Voices on Reconciliation: Final Report

Reconciliation Poem (written by student participants)

Graphic Recording: Chief Robert Joseph Keynote (credit Avril Orloff,

Graphic Recording: Youth Voices on Reconciliation (credit Avril Orloff,