By Dallas Pelly, on behalf of the Connected North team at TakingITGlobal
What will help generations of Indigenous students, employees, and entrepreneurs thrive in post-secondary institutions, the workplace, and communities?
This past month TakingITGlobal brought together eleven Indigenous youth leaders from across Canada to participate in our Connected North Future Pathways Summit. This gathering was held on May 27th & 28th across various locations around Toronto, Ontario.
One of the questions we reflected on as a group. was “If you had a moment with the president of your current or future college of university to give feedback on what they could do better, what would you tell them?” Through our conversation on this topic we learned from each other what these leaders thought that colleges and universities could do to improve the student experience for youth who may find themselves who struggle during their time in post-secondary institutions.
During the closing we also heard from Noah Aiken-Klar, Director, Youth Social Impact at RBC who stated, “If we don’t come together in the spirit of reconciliation we’ll never get to a future where people can thrive. Healing, belonging, connections, and families; that’s what we need more of.”
This was the first of two gatherings hosted by TakingITGlobal, in partnership with the RBC Foundation. The next Connected North Future Pathways Summit will be held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from June 18–19th. For more information on Connected North please visit our website.