The 4Rs Youth Movement has grown together over the past nine years as an Indigenous youth-led, settler-supported collaborative, seeking to change the country now known as Canada by changing relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people. Building on a foundation of Respect, Reciprocity, Reconciliation & Relevance (the 4Rs), our goal is to bring young people together to learn and take action on some of the most critical and challenging issues of our time. This starts by carefully supporting and creating brave spaces for honest dialogue that centres the needs, experiences and visions of Indigenous young people, now and into the future.
Through our flagship program, the 4Rs National Learning Community (NLC), we create opportunities for Indigenous youth-led and ally-supported reconciliation and decolonization initiatives that support dialogue and action that pushes us beyond buzzwords, toward processes of healing and generational change. Together, we are building our capacity to take action on reconciliation and decolonization in ways that are relevant to Indigenous young people, reimagining the process through the lens of self-determination, critical dialogue and systems change. Throughout the past 5 years of the NLC, we have:
- Trained, and supported 100+ youth through our leadership program
- Hosted over 25 in-person and 9 online gatherings and community initiatives at local and national scales from coast to coast to coast, including places such as Iqaluit, NU, St. John’s NL, Halifax, NS, Vancouver, BC, Winnipeg, MB, Wikwemikong First Nation, ON, Midway Lake, NWT, Bunibonibee Cree First Nation, MB and Gitlax̱t’aamiks Nisga’a Village.
- Worked with young people from 20+ different cultures and nations