The First Nations, Métis, Innu, and Inuit youth are the fastest-growing demographic in Canada. Suicide rates amongst Indigenous youth are the highest in the world. Indigenous youth are affected by intergenerational trauma caused by Colonialism, the forced removal of children in the Sixties Scoop, and the Residential Schools era. Inequalities such as lack of clean water, education, healthcare, and infrastructure also negatively affect remote northern communities.
At ArtsCan Circle we are committed to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), “Call to Action #83, “A strategy for indigenous and non-indigenous artists to undertake collaborative projects and produce works that contribute to the reconciliation process.”
To confront the multiple realities and inequalities facing First Nations, Innu, Inuit and Métis youth in remote, Northern communities. To convey one clear message to the youth: You are valued and your voices are important.
HOW DO WE WORK?
We listen and respond to what the community expresses as a need.
We cultivate meaningful, long-lasting, respectful relationships.
We are flexible and inclusive.
WHAT DO WE DO?
We open pathways of opportunities for First Nations, Innu, Inuit, and Métis youth to collaborate with artists, access instruments and artistic tools, and share their stories through creative expression.