4Rs Youth Movement Conference comes to Algoma U

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Algoma U

As part of the 2015 Shingwauk Gathering and Conference: Celebrating Resilience, the 4Rs Youth Movement (4RYM) will be hosting a youth gathering, titled “Celebrating Resilience: Youth Leading Change for Reconciliation”, from July 31st until August 2nd at Algoma University.

The 4Rs Youth Movement is a nationwide initiative that came together in 2013 to begin to reshape the dialogue among Canada’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and to deepen their mutual understanding of each other’s values, beliefs, and aspirations. Together, with 14 national partners, they are changing the country by changing the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth. Cross-cultural dialogue, rooted in Indigenous philosophies and social innovation, are creating fundamental changes in the ways that young people understand shared history and contemporary realities, providing youth with the skills and agency to make change at local and national levels.

“Young Aboriginal people have a strong role to play in shaping the future of the country. As one of the fastest growing populations in Canada, we have the opportunity to be frontrunners in designing a renewed vision of community, and together with allies, must use our experiences to inform a new way forward for the country that begins to address some of the intergenerational impacts caused by residential schools,” said Executive Director Jessica Bulduc of 4RYM.

Participants will join approximately 40 other young change-makers on a journey to learn the truth about their shared history, the legacy they have inherited, and the intergenerational resilience they seek to carry in the future. The youth conference will include three days of youth-led sessions on cross-cultural dialogue and the residential schools history and legacy. Participants will also work together to establish a future direction of change and will build a plan to make change happen. A community arts project will also occur, that will be inspired by the learnings from residential school Survivors, Elders, and peers. Change-makers will also get the opportunity through the Shingwauk Gathering and Conference to witness keynotes from Justice Murray Sinclair and architect Douglas Cardinal, and workshops with comedian Ryan McMahon.

“This is an important time to come together as young people, honouring the relentless work of residential school Survivors to speak the truth about what happened and to seek justice. We need to be part of this conversation as intergenerational Survivors and as allies looking to build a better future. This gathering is a space for dialogue to explore who we are, what we have inherited, and what tracks we want to leave for coming generations,” said 4RYM’s Program Director Rebecca Beaulne-Stuebing.

To register for the youth conference, please visit the 4Rs Youth Movement registration page.

For more information, please contact Beaulne-Stuebing at rbstuebing@gmail.com.