Leading Together: Indigenous Youth in Community Partnerships
Dechinta Bush University: Learning off the Land
“Canada faces a crisis when it comes to the situation of indigenous peoples of the country.” So concludes United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples James Anaya, after wrapping up, October 15, a fact-finding mission on human rights issues facing Aboriginal communities.
Anaya cited appalling living conditions; a suicide rate that is five times greater than other populations; the ongoing gap in well-being between aboriginal and non-aboriginal people in Canada; a patchwork of unresolved treaties across the country; and high levels of mistrust between Aboriginal communities and Canadian authorities as some of his key areas of concern.
Among his recommendations: more comprehensive economic development strategies and, in particular, greater efforts to improve avenues of communication between Aboriginal peoples and others in Canada, in order to build consensus on the path forward.
That is the spirit behind Leading Together, a series launching today, and commissioned by The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation of Montreal, that profiles innovative, collaborative experiments in youth empowerment that are delivering concrete results for Aboriginal communities. Those stories, produced via Journalists for Human Rights and Tyee Solutions Society, will be co-published on the websites of JHR (www.speakjhr.com), The Tyee http://thetyee.ca/ and Wawatay Native Communications Society http://www.wawataynews.ca/.
Featured journalists include Wawmeesh G. Hamilton, reporter for the Alberni Valley News, Lenny Carpenter of CBC Thunder Bay, Angela Sterritt of CBC NWT, Shawn Bell of Wawatay Native Communications Society, Trina Roache of CBC Halifax, award-winning Montreal filmmaker Nicolas Renaud, Maisonneuve editor Haley Cullingham, and Pia Bahile, editor of Journalists for Human Rights’ Speakjhr.com.
This project showcases what is possible with collaboration and good faith -- a note of special relevance this week, as The Circle Canada, a network of community organizations, foundations and philanthropists, hosts the third of its All My Relations gatherings— a conference to discuss issues of importance to First Nations and Metis communities across Canada.
Look for new reports weekly as the series unfolds.
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