Your ReconciliACTION Challenges
Josh Detlor, a Haundenosaunee activist, was a facilitator with the HYI for a number of months. He developed this series of challenges with Angela Bellegarde and Lily Viggiano. We commend Josh’s ongoing ingenuity, creativity and heart that he shared with the youth in HYI - and in our community!
The purpose of the Deep Dive: Your ReconciliACTION challenge was to give HYI youth and social media followers an opportunity to learn and engage in Indigneous content during National Indigenous Peoples month in a “gamified” way.
Each week two challenges would be posted - and a prize would be drawn. Each prize was a piece of art or item made by an Indigenous person. We sourced these prizes from Oscardo, a site dedicated to amplifying the goods of Indigenous artists and businesses.
During this time frame, Josh also would share “Flash Opportunities” on our IG accounts and in the classroom. These would be third-party opportunities, events or reading that would deepen and enrich a persons understanding of Truth and Reconciliation during National Indigenous Peoples month.
The language that you see for the weekly challenges titles is Objiwe. Listed below are the weekly challenges. Youth could submit via DM on Instagram or in our HYI google Classroom.
Week One - Maajaatawin-An - “Beginnings”
● Post your favourite call to action for Truth and Reconciliation onto your Instagram Story
● Identify one traditional people who currently or historically have cultivated the land you live on
Week Two - Nii’inawizi Oodenaang - “In Our People’s Village”
● Record yourself saying hello in the language of the people you identified last week (or any if you didn’t participate)
● When did the nearest residential school close?
Week Three - Zaagitooyang Aki - “Loving Earth”
● Land Acknowledgement
● Share the Haudenosaunee Seventh Generation Principle (or on classroom, explain what The Seventh Generation Principle is)
Week Four - Aazhawi-Waabang Wiidige - “Tomorrow Together”
● How will you take ReconcilACTION?
● Find and tag an Indigenous Role Model more youth should know about
Our Kids Network is situated on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and the Huron-Wendat; now home to many First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. We acknowledge the current treaty holders, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. We also recognize the lasting presence and deep traditional knowledge and viewpoints of the Indigenous people with whom we share this land