Author: Samantha Crowe

Statement Release – Feathers of Hope Becomes Non-Profit

Boozhoo, As indigenous young people, we are not going to allow our voices to be lost due to the closing of the Ontario Child Advocate. The driving force of Feathers of Hope has always been for young people to lead the conversations that need to happen, for it to grow into a powerful mobilizer of First Nations, Metis and Inuit young people here in Ontario and across Canada. The original vision, and...

Releasing Feathers of Hope – Dear Cedar

Releasing Feathers of Hope – Dear Cedar: A First Nations youth toolkit for understanding Ontario’s Child Welfare System “Dear Friend, I am proud to share with you an important piece of work produced out of the Feathers of Hope initiative’s Child Welfare Forum. In this child welfare toolkit, rather than speak primarily to governmental decision-makers, as was traditionally done in ...

Youth Engagement

Youth Engagement: Centering the Voices of Youth Meaningful and authentic youth participation is at the very core of the Feathers of Hope movement. As Community Development Advisors, and full-time staff with the Ontario Child Advocate, we understand that our place in this work is to act as facilitators and helpers. We play the role of connecting young people, holding spaces for their conversations ...

Community Outreach

Outreach: Meeting Youth and Communities Where they Are Outreach is an essential component of the work done by the Feathers of Hope team. As Community Development Advisors**, outreach is vital because it helps to ground the work we do in the lived realties of young people. Visiting communities, schools, band offices, community centers and being able to sit and speak directly with young people and t...

Feathers of Hope: Culture, Identity & Belonging (2016)

What does it mean to belong? How does your culture help define your identity? The Feathers of Hope: Culture, Identity and Belonging forum was created in response to a recommendation in Feathers of Hope: A First Nations Youth Action Plan written by young people from communities in northern Ontario. In that report, young people repeatedly noted they feel disconnected from their culture, language and...

Child Welfare Forum (2015)

The Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth held a forum focused on the Indigenous young people’s lived experiences within the child welfare system: Thus becoming known as Feathers of Hope Child Welfare. The child welfare forum was created based off a recommendation from youth in the Feathers of Hope: A First Nations Action Plan. The forum took place on May 19-23, 2015, approximat...

Letter from the Youth Amplifiers – Justice and Juries Report (2016)

Letter from the Youth Amplifiers Feathers of Hope Justice and Juries: A First Nations Youth Action Plan on Juries (2016) Feathers of Hope began its journey back in 2010. The Provincial Advocate’s Office, working with the Chiefs of Ontario and a number of Nishnawbe Aski Nation communities, hosted two small gatherings with Aboriginal youth. The first took place in Toronto in October 2010, and the se...

Feathers of Hope – Justice and Juries (2014) Forum

In November 2014, Feathers of Hope: Justice and Juries took place in Thunder Bay, ON. It was a second forum that the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth hosted, but it was a special edition. In First Nations Representation on Ontario Juries, Justice Frank Iacobucci included the importance of youth voice in Recommendation #7. “With Respect to First Nations youth, in addition to...

Letter from the Amplifiers – 2014

Letter from the Youth Amplifiers Feathers of Hope: A First Nations Youth Action Plan, 2014 We are pleased to present Feathers of Hope: A First Nations Youth Action Plan. It reflects nineteen months of planning and work including a five youth forum in Thunder Bay, a three day youth gathering in Kashechewan/Ft. Albany, visits with youth in northern First Nations communities in Ontario, speaking enga...

Letter from the Advocate – Irwin Elman – 2014

Message from Irwin Elman The Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth Feathers of Hope: A First Nations Youth Action Plan   In March 2013, I had the pleasure of attending the Feathers of Hope Youth Forum hosted by my office and organized by my Community Development team and hard-working, dedicated and passionate First Nations young people. The event was also developed in partnership with He...

Feathers of Hope – Forum Structures

Feathers of Hope’s approach is youth driven and culturally anchored throughout the whole process. The First Nations youth forums that are hosted by the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth can be broken down into five main pillars: Inspire, Safety, Community, and Teach. The fifth pillar is Play, which is incorporated in all areas of our movement. Inspire Feathers of Hope aims to inspire Firs...

Forum Structure – Behind the Scenes at Feathers of Hope

Feathers of Hope forums are compiled with many different components that create a constructive and interactive experience. Below is a breakdown of what most FOH forums include. Overview of Feathers of Hope forum: Welcome Event It is important to gather the young people on the first day to welcome and provide an introduction. This is important to lay the foundation for the forum, but also to create...

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