Winnipeg, Manitoba

Learning About Truth and Reconciliation

In Winnipeg’s North End, a group of Grade 7 and 8 students learn about and discuss the recent findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada — at summer camp. In partnership with Community Education Development Association, and with the support of The Winnipeg Foundation, local Indigenous youth participate in the Truth and Reconciliation Summer Literacy Camp.

The camp provides a supportive environment and empowers youth to take a leadership role in their own learning and the culture of their family and community. Through guided and small-group discussions, campers choose their own projects for investigating the residential school experience and legacy, and for understanding how these things relate to their own lives. At the end of the three-week camp, youth present their projects to members of their family and community.

The camp forms part of a wider network of Summer Literacy Camps delivered in 117 Indigenous communities in 9 provinces and 2 territories last summer. The camps are made possible with support from host communities. TD Bank Group is the lead national sponsor, and the camps are also funded by governments, corporate donors, foundations, public sector unions and institutions, and Indigenous communities.

It’s so important for our youth to focus on cultural reclamation, identity discovery, and empowerment. I think this is amazing work.

Community member, Winnipeg