Fed Reconciliation Tour and Reflections on Canada 150

As the Canada Day long weekend has come and gone, many across the country are thinking more about Canada 150: what this milestone represents, what it is that we want to celebrate about our history, and what somber realities we must face as Canadians thinking about past and present injustices.

We feel that it is a vital part of our work to engage in conversations about the treatment of Indigenous Canadians and the ongoing discrimination that Indigenous Canadians face today. We recognize how previous practices and approaches have created inter-generational trauma that often fuels stigma and has led to the overrepresentation of children and youth of Aboriginal Ancestry in care. Approximately 60% of children and youth in care have Aboriginal Ancestry. 

There is a time for celebration but there must also be time for healing and reconciliation, time to listen to the voices of community members and hear what is urgently needed before we can truly celebrate together.

This is why the Federation of Youth In Care Networks applied for a grant to use funds from the Government of Canada to conduct a Truth and Reconciliation Tour to speak with young people in and from care across the province about what reconciliation really means, and to find out how young people can help to guide a part of this process.  In partnership with Elders, Grand Chiefs, and other experts and knowledge keepers, we plan to speak to youth in urban and rural communities, from Indigenous and non-Indigenous backgrounds and the findings of these conversations will be used to create a report that will allow us to amplify the voices of youth participants to be heard by the wider community.

Nothing can be solved through conversations alone, but we believe that there is more to be done to ensure that our country is listening to the wisdom of young people in and from care as we work to make real change.

Stay tuned for more information about the tour as we finalize the details in the next few months.