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
Volunteers in the Halton Youth Initiative have shown an ongoing commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation journey. They recognize the importance of Truth, making space to reckon with that information and equipping themselves with solutions to build relationships and take action! Interviewees were compensated for their time and we purchased the items that were reviewed below.
One of the breakout rooms of the Communication Crew focused their efforts on ReconciliACTION - creating communications opportunities with a special focus on generating economic activity for Indigenous artists, creators and businesses.
The majority of the artists, creators and businesses below create and operate within 100KM of Halton Region (Mississauaga of the Credit First Nation are the current treaty holders of this land).
Nimra hosted a one-hour interview with Red Wood Beads creator Talitha Tolles, and stated at our recent grad event that it was one of the most impactful moments she’s had during her volunteer experience. “I was new and preparing and hosting the interview was my first activity with HYI. Interviewing Talitha was incredible and the experience strengthened my public speaking skills and helped me with social skills too.”
We encourage everyone to check out our features below - and make an ongoing effort to support Indigenous businesses and artists, in whatever way you can!
Raven Sutherland hosted by Birva Pandya
Elsa Jayne hosted by Farrah Laufer
Mangeshig hosted by Isha Tokas
Talitha Tolles hosted by Nimra Ramzan