Feathers of Hope

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 our continued vision is to create a platform for young people to be able to speak their truth and create positive change in all our communities. That has always been the core idea behind our vision of Hope and our commitment that Together we are…. igniting hope within First Nations, Metis and Inuit young people across this country. Because of and through Feathers of Hope, we have met thousands of...

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 previous Feathers of Hope reports, young people wanted to create something that spoke directly to their peers and provide them with guidance as they navigated the child welfare system. This toolkit was developed to address the many different questions more than 100 young people raised during the forum in the hopes of helping young people today and in the future. This, to me, highlights that young ...

The first of these three graphic novels is now available

Blueberries: Healing the Circle is one of three graphic novels created out of the Feathers of Hope Culture, Identity and Belonging Youth Forum of 2016. The Forum provided a safe space for Indigenous young people to give voice to the things that provided them with a sense of hope, a stronger connection to their culture, and access to resources they could turn to when they needed to reach out for support. The first of these three graphic novels is now available here https://www.feathersofhope.ca/graphic-novels/blueberries-healing-the-circle/

Highlights

Sara Kanutski “My name is Sara Kanutski. I am a 19-year-old indigenous youth from Lake Helen First Nation. I was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario but I am currently living in Mississauga, Ontario while pursuing a post-secondary education at Metalworks Institute in Music Performance and Technology as a vocal major. My childhood consisted of growing up in welcoming home that took in children and young adults who didn’t have homes. This lifestyle as well as my father being a social worker and working on reservations guided me down the path of visiting reservations starting at the age of 12. To this day, I am still visiting when I can to encourage youth to follow their dreams and promote a healthy lifestyle. Throughout my years in Thunder Bay, I was actively involved in the music scene....

Exploring Our Partnership with Right to Play

I attended the Right to Play: Youth Leadership Symposium at the end of May. During my time at the Youth Leadership Symposium, I met a little girl named Christine. Christine is eleven-years-old, from Wapekeka First Nation. I asked Christine what her name was. She mumbled underneath her breath, “Christine”. I could hardly hear what she said. The room was filled with a tremendous amount of noise; Music was playing children were laughing, and adults were chatting. I leaned in closer to her. She repeated herself in a slightly higher voice, “Christine”. I asker her where she was from. She replied, “Wapekeka.” I asked Christine what her favourite activity/workshop was. “Swimming?” Christine shrugged her shoulders. “Have you ever went canoeing?” She shook her head. “No? I’ve only gone canoeing onc...

What is the Post Crisis Response Project?

Right to Play, Jay’s Care, Save the Children, and the Ontario Child Advocate partnered with youth from Northern Ontario to create a dialogue regarding crisis response and services within their communities. The Crisis Response Working Group had an attendance of approximately a dozen dedicated, passionate and resilient young people. The young people expressed their views on crises, services, supports, education as well as training. This meeting, that took place in the fall of 2017, was only just the beginning to many ongoing discussions. The young people had numerous unanswered questions regarding the crises happening within their communities: “Why do we have to wait until a crisis happens in order to receive mental health supports/services? A crisis doesn’t happen between the hours of...

Introducing the Amplifiers

We at Feathers of Hope want you to know who we are. Please continue reading to learn about the current Youth Amplifiers!   Edward Narcisse Hello! My name is Edward Narcisse and I am from Aroland First Nation. I’ve been living in Thunder Bay for about four years now while going to school. I’m very excited and humbled to be joining the Ontario Child Advocate as a new amplifier, and I’m looking forward to a great experience with a lot of great people. The reason why I wanted to join the office is to motivate youth to be all that they can be in every step of their journey in life. I want to be able to guide them and offer whatever I can. It means a lot to me to be in a position where you get to be around children and youth for work. I always felt like I needed to be the person to give bac...

What is Community Development?

Community development, what it is and why it’s important in the work of the Ontario Child Advocate’s office. As part of community development, we partner with young people, communities and organizations to host outreach events with the goal of educating the public about children’s rights and the mandates of our office. This outreach seeks to provide information and knowledge in all mandate areas in order to empower youth to know their rights and use their voice to address concerns and be heard. As we work with young people and communities across the province, we begin to see linkages between their issues and needs. Our office is then able to create space where young people can come together to talk, share their experiences and work together to map out possible solutions to the issues...

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 and helping them to create platforms from which their voices can be heard and amplified. Feathers of Hope is, however, a conversation and movement that First Nations youth must own and steer.  As one Feathers of Hope forum participant shared “we learn so much when we talk together, share ideas and see what the solutions can be.” Through meaningful and genuine youth engagement, the Community Develo...

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 their allies helps to ensure that our work stays relevant to their experiences. For young people and their adult supports, outreach provides an opportunity to learn about what Feathers of Hope is, to talk together about changes they would like to see in their community, to learn about rights and using their voice, and of course, to have some fun! Through the Feathers of Hope forum process, young pe...

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 history. According to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), this disconnect results largely from the “damaging legacy of residential schools,” and how many survivors have “lost” their ability to communicate using the language of their people, knowledgeably speak about or share the ceremonies or cultural practices of their heritage. During the week of July 15 to 19 2016, over 100 young pe...

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, approximately 100 young people from northern and remote communities attended the forum. The forum took place at the Best Western Nor’ Wester Hotel & Conference Centre in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The purpose of the forum was to create a platform for the young people to share their lived experiences, amplify their authentic voice and create opportunities for change within the child welfare system for this ge...

  • 1
  • 2
  • 4

Lost Password

Register