We know that young people are at the forefront of many justice movements. We also know that Indigenous Reconciliation is a crucial part of doing justice ministry in Canada today. Many youth that we encounter especially want to know more about the Indigenous communities around them, and how to unlearn some of the stereotypes and misunderstandings that they may have towards them.
For this reason the CRC in Canada has developed the Youth Ambassadors of Reconciliation Program (YARP), in partnership with The Canadian Indigenous Ministry Committee, The Office of Race Relations, and World Renew. This program aims to support young people as they embark on personalized reconciliation journeys, connecting them to mentors, local Indigenous communities, and supporting them as they learn how to practice the ministry of reconciliation, becoming change makers in their own local churches.
This year, YARP will be taking place as a Virtual Learning Tour! Ambassadors will participate in daily Zoom learning sessions from August 17th to August 21st where they will learn about Canadian Indigenous history, meet with Indigenous leaders, and complete self-guided reflections and activities. They will also receive coaching from our staff after the event to craft their own Reconciliation Action Plans for their home congregations.
We believe this will be a life-changing opportunity for your youth! Please start promoting this exciting event with young adults (ages 18-29) in your communities and networks - there are only 6 spots available. The cost is drastically reduced this year as it is entirely online, at only $75.00 (sponsorships are available if needed). The application deadline is July 1, 2020. Click here to register. (Note, the information on the website has not been updated, but you can still register and rest assured that the info in this email is the most updated and correct).
HEAR FROM PARTICIPANTS
Watch the video below to hear participant Kayla Boone talk about her experience!