supporting our youth through rites of passage

supporting our youth through rites of passage

Project Summary
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Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Rites of passage is actually a retelling or rekindling of our Moontime teachings and visions questing. this project would help our communities come together to support the youth to become an integral part of the community. it would foster healthy attitudes towards self, community, culture, acadaemia, and society. these rites would also act as a way of connecting with ancestral roots, nature, and learning tradtional knowledge. our youth would be proud of their culture, themselves and their community. Currently there seems to be a rekindling and re-awakening of a thirst for this knowledge. The youth have been asking for this type of cultural reclamation that affirms them in who they are as members of the Aboriginal nations of our country.

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What categories best describe who your group or organization serves (check all that apply)

First Nations people, Métis people, Inuit people, First Nations, Métis and Inuit people, Other.

What best describes your group or organization

Community group or youth group, Cultural and language program, Non-profit organization.

How long have you, your group, or your organization been operating?

Less than a year

Define your idea / project in 1-2 short sentences

Aboriginal rites of passage will work with women to share moontime teachings and other womanly knowledge. male traditional knowledge will follow

Select the stage that best applies to your solution

Start-Up (a project that is just getting started)

Social Impact
Please tell us about the social impact of your idea or proect

Aboriginal rites of passage will impact our communities through fostering healthy youth into adulthood. the rites of passage will support our youth in acknowledging and being proud of their Aboriginal nationhood and reclaiming our traditions and being assured of their place in society. this will give them the confidence and strength to challenge unhealthy behaviors, prevent possible gang involvement, reconnect with ancestral roots, nature, and have an "obligation to service to the larger community"(

Your Future Goal(s): Tell us what you hope to achieve with your idea or project in the next year

to create healthy community planning through the community's expectations of our youth during their rite of passage.

In 5 years, what will be different as a result of your idea/project?

to create healthy community through community development with the implementation of our youth as they graduate. Graduates will act as mentors for initiates, both graduates and initiates will have an "orientation to recognize that service to the community is an essential part of becoming a fully functioning adult in society" ( the community will come together to honor and celebrate their new adults and initiates.

Tell us about the people/ partnerships that are already involved and why they are important to your idea or project.

Grandmother Isabelle Meawasige and her non profit organization Grandmother's Lodge is involved. Isabelle carries wisdom and knowledge that will be integral to this process. there is also a circle of grandmothers that will be assisting and helping our youth: Grandmother Elaine Endanawas and Grandmother Nancy Myatt and Grandmother Dorothy Meness

If there are other people/partners that you will reach out to tell us who they are and why they will be important to your idea or project.

I am hoping to reach out to the Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice - Promoting Community Practice for social benefit. as well as

both organizations deal with rites of passage as a framework for community interventions with youth

Describe the kinds of support you receive (other than money) or will need to support your idea or project (e.g.: donated, space, equipment and volunteers)

other grandmothers and grandfathers and elders with traditional knowledge. land on which to have vision quests, fasting and sweatlodges and other ceremonies.

Do you currently have funding for your idea or project?

No (skip next two questions)