In a Two Spirit-led environment structured around acceptance and lateral kindness, participants have the opportunity to complete guided, yet customizable short crafting projects in a live workshop setting.
Workshops for Two-Spirit and queer-Indigenous youth aged 18-29, living across Turtle Island to build cultural and social connections through zoom sessions that teach traditional skills, led by Two-Spirit facilitators and knowledge-sharers.
We designed an intentional space that explores Two Spirit culture and history from futurist, peer-led perspectives that celebrate the unique cultural roles and gifts of Two-Spirit people while focusing on healthy spirituality and self-care activities. In a Two Spirit-led environment structured around acceptance and lateral kindness, participants have the opportunity to complete guided, yet customizable short crafting projects in a live workshop setting. Each youth is mailed a welcome package with materials and all needed supplies in order to participate. Constraints within virtual learning are considered by selecting flexible projects that nurture creativity and expression, rather than outcomes.
This initiative is aimed at non-Indigenous settlers of colour and engages participants in concrete discussions related to a variety of themes such as connecting to homelands, the nuanced experiences and responsibilities of settlers of colour, and the history of colonization and anti-Blackness in Canada.
For the 2023-2024 program year, we are refocusing on the development of Black Indigenous Solidarity content that better integrates community needs. To accomplish this, CRE will host 6 virtual (or in-person when possible) engagement sessions. During these sessions, we will be encouraging Black/Indigenous/Afro-Indigenous youth to meaningfully reflect on their understanding of solidarity, identify community needs, and conceptualize activities to achieve this.
The Words in Motion program provides spaces for youth between 18-29 to reconnect to their traditional languages in an online virtual format. Young language speakers can facilitate an introduction in their Indigenous language to youth peers, creating leadership skills, community building and interaction, and developing their capacity for peer mentorship.
IYR is a registered charity that provides Indigenous youth led leadership, learning and experiences to every youth that participates in our programs. We provide programming, grants, and opportunities that are grounded in Indigenous ways of knowing and being.