With funding from the Government of Canada, the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada has launched a new initiative called Uncovering Common Ground. Through this 12-month project, JGI Canada is collaborating with First Nations communities in three provinces to bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people from across Canada.
Through in-person meetings, workshops and forums, youth will exchange points of view and knowledge in order to find common ground where true reconciliation between cultures can take place.
With guidance from Elders, JGI Canada staff and others, 24 young people will share ideas on how to improve their respective communities with the goals of making them more socially just, culturally aware and environmentally sustainable. Each participant will undertake a specific project of relevance to their community and in the process gain valuable skills that include community leadership, critical and analytical thinking, resource and project management, and team building.
Moreover, these young people will raise awareness of their own perspectives and understanding of the importance and legacy of the Calls to Action put forward by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The Uncovering Common Ground project will culminate in a national youth-led Summit where participants will convene to share learnings, project outcomes and recommendations for further action that will continue the path toward genuine reconciliation among cultures from the point of view of the next generation of leaders.
This project will support Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth to:
Improve mutual understanding of reconciliation and decolonization
Support greater civic engagement to address social and sustainability issues
Enhance hard and soft skills through participation in service opportunities