The Success Gathering held at the end of June marked the graduation of the first year of ReachUp! North Interns and participants.
ReachUp! North celebrated its first year in Ottawa with a Success Gathering event earlier this summer.
Held on June 30 at the University of Ottawa, the day-long Success Gathering drew dozens of people of all ages and backgrounds. Guests ranged from ReachUp! North participants and their families to local elders to community organizations wanting to show their support for this unique Indigenous youth-led program.
Some of the ReachUp! North Interns and participant graduates at the Success Gathering, alongside Janet Longmore, President and CEO of Digital Opportunity Trust (centre)
ReachUp! North empowers First Nations, Métis, and Inuit youth with digital, workplace knowledge, and life skills. The curriculum applies localized cultural teachings to help Indigenous youth apply their traditional beliefs and practices to the modern economy. Throughout the past year, ReachUp! North has been facilitated by young Indigenous university and college graduates at the Odawa Native Friendship Centre, the City of Ottawa's YouthZone, St. Paul's United Church, and Rideau High School.
One of the morning activities at the Success Gathering involved ReachUp! North module demonstrations. Those modules covered at the Success Gathering involved the teachings of the medicine wheel, creating an e-portfolio, and finding your strengths, skills and passions.
Guests making note of their strengths, skills, and passions (left); ReachUp! North participant Josh shows Elder Mary-Lou Iahtail how to create her e-portfolio on Google Drive
Lunch was prepared by Chef Frazer Whiteduck, one of the ReachUp! North Interns who said the program was what helped motivate him to pursue his catering company, 1st Nations Creations Catering. Frazer served up a delectable platter of Indigenous tacos – a popular powwow dish – and cups of refreshing strawberry drink.
The day's events were also about celebrating the successes of the ReachUp! North Interns and participants. Each received a certificate and a small gift as a token of their hard work and commitment over the past months. Several Interns and participants also spoke to the group about how they've grown personally and professionally through the program.
Guests were encouraged to tweet about the Success Gathering using the hashtag #A7GTalks – here are four tweets from the day
More photos from the Success Gathering can be seen on the Assembly of Seven Generations Facebook page.
About ReachUp! North
ReachUp! North is the first project of the Assembly of Seven Generations and Digital Opportunity Trust, a Canadian non-profit that has worked with youth internationally for more than a decade. ReachUp! North is an Indigenous youth-led and developed program to provide Indigenous youth in Ottawa with workplace, technology, and life skills.