Indigenous Youth Voices Lead the Conversation | Carolinian Canada

Indigenous Youth Voices Lead the Conversation

Indigenous Youth: Artists, Storytellers & Social Media Content Creators

Who: Indigenous youth and youth groups - age 15-25
Where: Waawayaataning (the Carolinian Zone) 
What: Creative Projects, Art, stories and social media to reflect on:

United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030. What does it mean to me?

Up to 30 Honorariums Available of $250-$750

Application time: approx. 10 minutes to complete the application

Carolinian Canada and partners are inviting applications from local Indigenous youth to help lead the conversation in the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

Are you interested in re-imagining and re-wilding a healthy future for your traditional territories and communities?

This year, the United Nations is launching the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. We understand that "Ecosystem Restoration" is a critical process; but, it is a term embedded in western science. What does your place mean to you?

What is your hope for local wildlife, water and way of life?

Our network understands that nature and native plants are critical to the health the planet and that each of us is a steward of the earth. What are your hopes for a green future?

Do you want to connect and amplify your voice?

Our community includes Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and groups who are ready to listen.

Your voice is important to the future of the earth.

Your creative expression will connect with Indigenous voices across Waawayaataning (the Carolinian Zone).

  • Art projects in digital art, video art, paintings, drawings, print, collage, zines, comics, etc.
  • Social media content and storytelling projects with Tiktok, YouTube, digital storytelling, videos, blogs, poems, photos, essays, short stories etc.
The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is a rallying call for the protection and revival of ecosystems all around the world, for the benefit of people and nature. It aims to halt the degradation of ecosystems, and restore them to achieve global goals. Only with healthy ecosystems can we enhance people’s livelihoods, counteract climate change, and stop the collapse of biodiversity.
- UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
  1. Apply for an honorarium for your project idea using the link below (Indigenous youth in the Zone)
    • Up to 25 selected Indigenous youth applicants will be notified on a rolling basis
    • We aim to support a range of media, messages and youth in First Nations and communities across the Zone
  2. Complete and submit your final project (selected applicants)
    • We'll support you with some resources for inspiration:
    • Get a Wild Garden Party Kit for native plants
    • Get invited to digital story-telling workshop
  3. Virtual showcase of final project
    • Participate in a virtual showcase event
    • Take-over a booth in My Wild Green Home Virtual Expo to share your voice
    • You choose a private or public showing of your project

Get ready to apply! Click the link below to share a personal reflection of:

  • Why & how you want to participate
  • What you hope to contribute and learn
  • An example or link to your work and your community experience related to the arts

We live on the traditional territories of many nations including the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee, the Lunaapeew, the Wendat and the Mississauga. We acknowledge the inherent and treaty rights of the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island including the many diverse First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples who live here now. We commit to the teachings of the Two Row Wampum and the One Dish One Spoon Wampum; and our duty to reconcile, learn more and create safe spaces for Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives to meet and discuss the issues that matter to everyone.

Many Indigenous Nations call the Carolinian Zone home, and have long historic treaties and ties to this land. The First Nations that call southwestern Ontario home include; Aamjiwnaang First Nation, Bkejwanong Walpole Island First Nation, Caldwell First Nation, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, The Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, Munsee Delaware Nation, Eelünaapéewi Lahkéewiit (Delaware Nation at Moraviantown), the Mississauga of the Credit, Six Nations and Oneida Nation of the Thames.


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