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HPA Expérience nationale de la vérité et de la réconciliation entre jeunes

HIP National Youth-to-Youth Truth and Reconciliation Experience

It is our understanding as Indigenous peoples that it is our responsibility to mentor, guide, inspire and teach our young people, those whom are walking the path and accepting the responsibility as our next generation of leaders. We teach them about sacred law and their responsibility to learn, fulfil and abide by natural law. The 2023 Youth-to-Youth event will share the teachings of responsibility to land, water, to our relatives of the land and water who nourish us, and to each other. Our next generation of leaders are important to the survival of all our relatives and to the survival of our Mother the Earth. Y2Y’23 underscores this responsibility and this gift.

Mahpiya Ska Tiospaye, Grandmother Katherine Whitecloud

National Call for Youth Leaders!

EVENT MARCH 27 – 31, 2023

HIP invites 15-18 year-olds from across Canada to participate in this innovative program aimed at empowering the next generation of leaders by uniting Indigenous and Non-Indigenous youth and inspiring them to take action towards peace and creating sustainable environmental change.

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Youth will spend 4-days participating in a Ceremonial Gathering at Turtle Lodge providing Knowledge Keepers and Youth Leaders with the opportunity to present Indigenous spiritual leadership perspectives of the land. The intent of the Gathering is for First Nations Youth, Elders, and Knowledge Keepers to share land-based knowledge, what healing means to us, and the meaning and practice of leadership.

Following Traditional Spiritual and Ceremonial Protocols of the Turtle Lodge, this Gathering will begin each day in the Ceremony with the Lifting of the Sacred Pipes and the Water Ceremony. Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth will learn, through experience, ancestral ways of stewardship, and kindle in them a spiritual relationship with the land.

This event is uniquely developed based on traditional teachings from the host territory.

• Build friendships with like-minded Indigenous and Non-Indigenous youth from across Canada
• Receive rare teachings from leading elders and knowledge keepers about Indigenous heritage, culture, and treaty relationships.
• Develop a hands-on understanding of nature and what it means to be a good steward of the land.

On day 5, youth will experience a private tour of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, the world’s first museum dedicated to human rights, and engage in dialogue about the truths of Residential Schools from The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

Youth will receive certificates of participation from HIP, Turtle Lodge and the Ministry of Canadian Heritage

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 12, this program is for you.

Applicants for the 2023 HIP Reconciliation experience must be between the ages of 15 and 18 as of March 1, 2023, meaning they are born on or between March 2, 2005, and March 1, 2008.

This event is free for participants and includes travel to and from the event, accommodations, food and admission to the Museum. Only 50 youth will be chosen for this experience.

Applications are to be sent to regional coordinators who will review to ensure potential participants meet all of the requirements. Successful applicants will then be forwarded on to HIP National Y2Y Committee.

Applications are to be submitted to the regional coordinators listed on the application form. Each District has a limited number of participants they can recommend for this experience.

Participants will be selected by January 25th, 2023. Be sure to apply early. Successful applicants will be notified before February 15th, 2023.


Teachings will be held at Turtle Lodge (Sagkeeng First Nation) in Pine Falls, Manitoba and Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg Manitoba.

Participants will be selected by January 25th, 2023. Be sure to apply early.