“Reconciliation may never happen, but the possibility makes it worth trying” – Mitch Case, Sault Ste. Marie Métis Community
Indigenous youth are the fastest growing population in Canada. It is now more urgent than ever for us to learn how to work together in solidarity to address the disconnect that we see in and amongst our communities.
The past 150 years of Canadian history have been marred by injustices against Indigenous peoples. The recent work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has only begun to uncover the complexity of the intergenerational effects of colonialism on Indigenous people. The 1996 Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples similarly exposed a comprehensive truth about what has happened in this country and how it continues to affect Indigenous communities.
In order for sustained change to take hold, we as young leaders have made a commitment to making this change happen and have at our disposal intergenerational wisdom and the tools of innovators to ensure a better future. This commitment is rooted in hope and love that we have inherited from our ancestors, and that exists all around us in the land. As young people, we are reaching out to Elders, teachers, and mentors across our diverse nations to support us in rebuilding a country that we can all be proud of.