The Assembly of Seven Generations is hosting a full-day event on Tuesday, June 30.
ReachUp! North is marking its first year of impact in the Ottawa area. Since its launch in September, the pilot project has supported Indigenous youth in the Capital through a blend of workforce knowledge, digital skills, and cultural identity teachings.
ReachUp! North was created in partnership between Indigenous youth-led organization Assembly of Seven Generations (A7G), and Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT), a Canadian non-profit that has worked with youth internationally for more than a decade.
At a time when Indigenous leaders across Canada are calling for action and change following the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, ReachUp! North has the potential to be that catalyst.
The project works with Indigenous youth to show how their passions, skills, and cultural values can complement traditional ideas of employment and entrepreneurship, rather than work against them.
“This is a way for us as Indigenous youth to lead the kind of change we see necessary,” says Gabrielle Fayant, the project coordinator for ReachUp! North. “One of the biggest successes is the way we’ve been able to develop a stronger community that is centred around the youth.”
Other successes include empowering five First Nations, Inuit, and Metis youth as program facilitators, each of whom have improved their own self-confidence and that of their peers. ReachUp! North has also organized several successful community gatherings, including a large-scale Blanket Exercise on Parliament Hill, an event that attracted hundreds of participants.
To mark the one year anniversary of ReachUp! North, A7G and DOT are hosting a success gathering on Tuesday, June 30. The day's events will include performances, live examples of ReachUp! North program modules, a graduation ceremony, success story presentations from Interns and participants, group discussions, and more! Lunch will be provided, and will be prepared by Chef Frazer Whiteduck from the ReachUp! North team.
Media are invited to attend between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., when graduates and program staff will be giving presentations and will be available for interviews.
The location is 12th floor Desmarais Building, University of Ottawa.
If you are interested in attending the event, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and any dietary restrictions by Friday, June 19.
For more information:
Project coordinator, ReachUp! North
613-667-5854 x 110