A group of members of the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund’s Youth Ambassadors Program pose together. The program brings 100 Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth together for hands-on activities that cover the history of residential schools, treaties and Indigenous rights. (Photo courtesy of Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund)

Program helps youths learn to advocate for reconciliaton

Four-week part-time Youth Ambassador Program open to people aged 16 to 25

By Nunatsiaq News

Youth across Canada can sign up to learn ways to advocate for reconciliation in their schools and communities through the Youth Ambassadors program.

The program, open to Indigenous and non-Indigenous people aged 16 to 25, is hosted on behalf of the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund.

It is a part-time, four-week online program where participants learn about the history of residential schools, treaties, and Indigenous rights, as well as build networking and leadership skills, according to the fund’s website.

An activity from a previous program included learning how to use a career in communications to amplify Indigenous voices, taught by Ojibwe author and journalist Tanya Talaga.

Another activity was mental healing and health through art, taught by two-spirited Ojibwe artist Patrick Hunter.

Participants receive an honorarium for their time at the end of the course.

Applications open in March and 100 applicants will be selected to participate.


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