Listening to the Indigenous Youth Voice: Experiences with Racism and Paths Forward

All people living in Canada must turn their attention to the experiences and situations faced by  young Indigenous Canadians for the betterment of all. It is time we acknowledge the right of Indigenous youth to participate fully in the decisions that affect their lives and the importance of listening to their truth. The social impact sector has an important role to play in working towards reconciliation and anti-racism. The conversation and commitment to Indigenous anti-racism action continues here. 

What do Indigenous youth want the non-Indigenous community to know about them? How can the social impact sector better engage with Indigenous youth? What does it look like to be a supportive ally for Indigenous youth? The first step in this journey is to listen and most importantly to listen to learn. 

This series was designed to serve as a tool for gaining awareness and understanding of the racism that is experienced by Indigenous youth. The building of trusting and respectful relationships will occur through awareness, comfort, confidence and much improved communications.

Day One

  • Introduction and exploration of current reality facing Indigenous youth

  • Meet a group of Indigenous youth and hear their truth 

Day Two

  • Sharing circle with Indigenous youth

  • Gain insight from the youth and hear their perspectives 


  • To learn about Indigenous racism from the context of local youth

  • Understand the impact of generational colonization on Indigenous families and specifically Indigenous youth

  • Identify and develop strategies to reduce and eliminate the systemic barriers to authentic engagement and inclusion

  • For the non-Indigenous community to commit to real change and move towards genuine reconciliation with Indigneous youth, including steps we need to take personally and professionally to commit to action 

  • To build bridges, relationships and a way forward with Indigenous youth


London & area nonprofit Executive Directors, CEOs, senior leaders and management, board members - individuals who are committed to action and willing to do the hard work needed.



  • This is a 2-part series taking place over the following days. Both sessions run from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on June 21 & 28 

  • It is important that you attend both days of the training together as your learning is informed from the first session. If you cannot attend the first session we would ask that you do not attend the second part

Active Listening 

  • Come prepared to listen

Questions for the Indigenous Youth

The two-part series was designed and is led by local Indigenous youth Knowledge and Wisdom Keepers.

Thank you to the following individuals who make up our Indigenous Advisory Committee and provided the Indigenous guidance and support to help design these learning opportunities. 

Joe Antone

Mary Alikakos

Amanda Kennedy

Frances Elizabeth Moore

Leslee White-Eye


And a special thank you to Amanda Kennedy for her role in helping us coordinate and facilitate the series.

Amanda Kennedy is a gifted Haudenosaunee (hau-de-no-sau-nee) educator and storyteller who brings people and communities together in the spirit of healing, truth, and reconciliation. Her talent for facilitating difficult conversations and educating through storytelling is evident in so much of her work. 

As the founder of two social enterprises, Yotuni (“it’s growing”) and Kuwahs^naha:wi (“they are name carrying for her”), she builds opportunities for Indigenous youth and women to thrive. The Yotuni program T.E.N. (Truth Empowering Nations) and Digital Hub connect Indigenous youth through camps, leadership programs, and an innovative online platform for expression, support, and traditional teachings.

Supporting this critical work, Amanda also runs the successful consulting business Kuwahs^naha:wi (“they are name carrying for her”) providing innovative education and training on decolonization and anti-racism to non-Indigenous audiences. She has presented at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Global Minds Collective at University of Western Ontario,, Brescia University, and EconoUs2019 (a gathering of 400 community leaders across Canada). The purpose of her work is to prepare youth and students to mentor and share teaching with others.

Thank you to the Canada Race Relations Foundation for their generous support of this learning opportunity. 


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