Listening and learning from youth


Photo: The Walking Together Youth Advisory Council with Winnipeg Foundation staff.
Walking Together Grants support youth-led truth and reconciliation projects.

Young people have the chance to support truth and reconciliation projects in ways that matter to them, thanks to The Foundation’s Walking Together Grants program.

This special granting stream supports youth-led truth and reconciliation projects at local schools and charities with youth committees. The first round of recipients was announced in June; see sidebar for details.

The granting stream is overseen by the Walking Together Grants Youth Advisory Council. Groups can apply for up to $5,000 for projects of up to one-year in length. The projects must be guided by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s 94 Calls to Action.

The Council includes young people from high schools, universities, community organizations and alumni of The Winnipeg Foundation’s youth engagement programming including Youth in Philanthropy and the Summer Internship Program.

Walking Together Grants build on the Reconciliation Grants made available to the community earlier this year. The Winnipeg Foundation’s first full Vital Signs® Report identified reconciliation as a central theme for community well-being, and an area that requires more focused attention and immediate action.

Walking Together Grants Youth Advisory Council

Ashley Richard, Chair | Aliraza Alidina | Navjashan Brar | Megan Dufrat Ronald Gamblin | Cherice Liebrecht | Destiny Sanderson

Walking Together Grants

The following projects received support in 2019.

Organization: Gordon Bell High School
Program: Indigenous student mentorship program for Indigenous Students

Organization: John Taylor Collegiate
Program: Monthly education events for students related to Indigenous peoples and truth and reconciliation

Organization: Seven Oaks School Division
Program: Two-day Indigenous youth gathering in 2020

Organization: Seven Oaks School Division
Program: One-day conference for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) students and members of the 2SLGBTQ (Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning) school community

Organization: Spence Neighbourhood Association
Program: Bridging the Gap project bringing Indigenous youth and newcomers from the SNA Drop-In Program for outings focusing on Indigenous culture, traditions and history

Organization: St. James Collegiate
Program: Workshops and outings (including cooking, language, dance classes, and collecting traditional medicines) to teach non-Indigenous students about Indigenous culture and support Indigenous students in re-connecting with their culture

This story is featured in the Summer 2019 issue of our Working Together magazine. Download or view the full issue on our Publications page.

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