Reconcili-Action noun: the act of relationship building and taking meaningful steps towards reconciliation.

HIP has developed the following initiatives to support and guide future reconcili-action:

Youth-to-youth engagement (Y2Y)

This innovative program aims at empowering the next generation of leaders by uniting Indigenous and Non-Indigenous youth and inspiring them to take action towards creating sustainable environmental change.

Each event is uniquely developed based on traditional teachings from the host territory. Events often take the form of a seminar, camp, or workshop, generally 1 to 7 days in length.

Participants:

  • Build friendships with like-minded Indigenous and Non-Indigenous youth.
  • Learn Indigenous heritage, culture and treaty relationships.
  • Develop hands-on understanding of nature and what it means to be a good steward of the land.

If you are an Indigenous or Non-Indigenous youth (male, female, two-spirit, & disabled) interested in being an agent for change and currently enrolled in grades 9 to 11, this program is for you.


Scheduled Y2Y Events

If your Community or Rotary Club are interested in hosting a Youth-to-Youth Engagement event in your region, contact HIP for more information.

2022

ROTARY HIP Y2Y
Williams Treaty TerRitory

Miigwetch to Our Event Sponsors

Tachane Foundation

DATE: Date to be Announced
LOCATION: Camp Kawartha, Peterborough, Ontario
ORGANIZERS: Rotary Districts 7070 & 7010, HIP & Tracks Youth Program
INFORMATION: This event will host 50 students (25 Indigenous & 25 Non-Indigenous)

IMPORTANT UPDATE: September 9, 2021

Thank you for your interest and support for the HIP / District 7070/7010 Y2Y Engagement event at Camp Kawartha in early October.   The organizing committee met and considered feedback and the impact of COVID developments on the plans.   The Y2Y initiative is a solid program that has been well received, however safety is a primary concern. With the recent increase in COVID cases and the uncertainty of the impact on youth going back into classrooms in September, there is potentially considerable risk to youth being placed in camp rooms together overnight. The committee has taken the concerns seriously and is re-engineering and extending the program.

While COVID may postpone our in-person sessions, we are proceeding with online events for Youth. If you are a high school student interested in good land stewardship and learning about traditional teachings, you can register for the events below.

SEPTEMBER 26, 2021 – Indigenous Awareness & Reconciliation Dialogue for Youth

Time: 1 pm – 4 pm
Location: Live Online
Cost: FREE
Participants: Open to Youth Grades 9 – 11 across Canada
Attendance: Limited to 450 participants

Registration: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/HIP/events/y2y-prerequisite

Both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Youth are invited to attend this essential culture education. The program is delivered by First Peoples Group and effective, qualified and professional First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth presenters. All presenters have significant experience in reconciliation and Indigenous awareness education. The presenters will provide and speak to First Nations, Métis and Inuit heritage and culture. This is essential education for anyone living in Canada. Participants learn the impact of their own social, political and historical contexts within their speech, decisions and actions. This cultural safety education helps develop an ongoing personal practice of critical self-reflection, paying attention to how social and historical contexts shape systems, and being honest about one’s own power and privilege, especially as these relate to Indigenous peoples.

OCTOBER 9, 2021 – Anishinaabe Plant Medicines Talk

Time: 1 pm – 3 pm
Location: Live Online
Cost: FREE
Participants: Open to all youth Grades 9 – 11 across Canada
Register: https://bit.ly/3BSnOvU

Join Joseph Pitiwanakwat and Beedahbin Peltier for a virtual plant medicine walk! You’ll hear about some key plants of the region, learn these plant names in Anishinaabemowin and have the opportunity to ask Joseph and Beedahbin questions about their work as traditional medicine knowledge holders.

SPRING 2022 – Spring Land-based Education Event
Location: TBA (Pending COVID Conditions)
Cost: FREE
Participants: Open to Youth Grades 9 – 11
Registration: To be announced

Join us this Spring for another opportunity to learn about Indigenous knowledge and how it connects back to the land. Exact topic and date to be announced.

Fall 2022 – In-Person Y2Y Camp
Location: Camp Kawartha (in-person)
Cost: FREE
Participants: Open to Regional Youth Grades 9 – 11, applications are invited and sponsorship is required
Attendance: Limited to 50 youth.
Requirement: Successful completion of Indigenous Awareness & Reconciliation Dialogue for Youth  

NOTE: Preference will be given to those who attend pre-events listed above)
Registration: Below

This three day programs will provide participants with traditional Indigenous teachings from Elders and Knowledge Keepers within the Williams Treaty Territory. Youth will learn:

  • Understanding treaties
  • Harvesting local foods & medicines
  • Local Indigenous culture & heritage

This three day programs will provide participants with traditional Indigenous teachings from Elders and Knowledge Keepers within the Williams Treaty Territory. Youth will learn:

  • Understanding treaties
  • Harvesting local foods & medicines
  • Local Indigenous culture & heritage

Applicants should seek the support of their local Indigenous Community or Rotary Club. Events have limited capacity. You are encouraged to submit your application of interest as early as possible.

In general, all youth applying should demonstrated leadership potential within their communities. Most successful candidates demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Leadership experience or potential
  • A cooperative nature and willingness to participate in a group
  • An awareness of current events and international issues
  • Good performance in school or work
  • Enthusiasm for sharing newfound skills with others

Preference will be given to youth nominated by an Indigenous Community or Rotary Club and residing within the Rotary Districts of 7010 and 7070.

NOTE: : Non-Indigenous youth must complete cultural safety education before attending this event.

HIP is an equal opportunity organization; we do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

Applications must be received prior to August 15, 2022

Please note that the submission of this application does not guarantee acceptance into the program. In the case of an oversubscription, all applications will be reviewed and a final selection made by the organizing committee.

IMPORTANT: All youth must commit to participating in cultural safety education on September 26th prior to attending this event.

You will not be able to save this form. Before filling out the application, ensure you have the following information prepared:

  • Your nominating organization and sponsor contact information
  • If you do not have a sponsor, select “please match me with a sponsor”
  • Personal reference contact information ((someone we can contact to find out more about you – a teacher or someone you work with – not a friend or family member).
  • NOTE: Email reference letters to info@hipally.com
  • 300 to 500 word essay identifying the treaty lands you live on and what is your relationship and responsibility to the land and People

Coming Soon

2022

Y2Y Alberta

A uniquely developed program, for youth grades 9 to 11, based on traditional teachings from the territory
2022

Y2Y Manitoba

A uniquely developed program, for youth grades 9 to 11, based on traditional teachings from the territory
2022

Y2Y Maritimes

A uniquely developed program, for youth grades 9 to 11, based on traditional teachings from the territory
2022

Y2Y ONTARIO

A uniquely developed program, for youth grades 9 to 11, based on traditional teachings from the territory
2023

Y2Y international

An opportunity for top Y2Y participants to connect with international Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Youth.