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SOUTHERN YOUTH IN MOTION II
We are excited to be hosting our Second Annual Southern Youth in Motion (SYiM) Showcase December 14 and 15! The SYiM Showcase will be held at Ryerson University, and we have invited 20 youth from Southern Ontario, and 20 youth from Northern Ontario to join us!
Due to the high cost of flights for youth travelling from Northern Ontario (approximately $2,000 for a round-trip flight from a First Nations community to Thunder Bay), we are seeking your assistance with the northern travel costs. We have set the goal of $2,000, which will cover the cost of one youth's flight to Thunder Bay, and NSP will cover the cost of their flight from Thunder Bay to Toronto.
If you would like to support the northern travel to Southern Youth in Motion, you can make a donation in the following ways:
Mailing a cheque designated to Southern Youth in Motion:
PO Box 47116
10 Dundas Street East
Chi-miigwetch (thank you very much!) for your support! We would not be able to continue doing this work without amazing people like you!
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Mamow Sha-way-gi-kay-win: North-South Parntership for Children is one of the many partners involved in this year’s GivingTuesday!
Most people know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday… now GivingTuesday is coming to Canada on December 3, 2013. It is a new Canadian movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Cyber Monday. It marks the “opening day of the giving season,” and is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to support their favourite causes!
Check out our partner profile on the GivingTuesday website:
You can help us reach our goal of $2,000 by making a donation on our special Canada Helps #GivingTuesdayCA page:
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Aanii! We are seeking your help with our Aviva Community Fund application for continued funding for the North-South Youth in Motion Showcases. In order to move onto the next stage in the Aviva Community Fund we need your votes! You can vote everyday using either your Facebook account or you can register with your email at Aviva Community Fund - North-South Youth in Motion: http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf17367
Let's keep a good thing going!
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Our Youth Voices of Neskantaga Gallery Opening on July 26th went so well! We were lucky to be visited by Global as well as Wawatay News, who both spoke with the youth artisit. You can access the Global article here, and Wawatay here.
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Keeping you up-to-date on our work, here's an article about Neskantaga First Nation and some of our work there.
Artwork created by young people in Neskantaga First Nation will soon be on display in Toronto as part of an effort to help the community recover from a suicide crisis.
The fly-in community, located about 480 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay, declared a state of emergency April 17 after two young men killed themselves in less than a week.
"In our community it was very devastating. It still is," said First Nation counsellor Kelvin Moonias. "The tremendous loss we had."
Moonias said he had felt overwhelmed by the grief in the tiny First Nation, home to about 300 people, and was grateful to see a team of helpers arrive from Toronto.
"After seeing first-hand what these people can do and that they truly care, it really touched my heart," he said.
Artwork prompts smiles
The North-South Partnership for Children sent 17 people into the community, partly in response to the crisis. The agency brings together philanthropists in southern Ontario with northern First Nations.
When the southerners arrived, young people in Neskantaga asked them to help organize an art and music festival.
- WATCH: First Nation gets little help during suicide crisis.
- LISTEN: A community at a breaking point.
- READ: First Nation pressed for financial reports during suicide crisis.
"Art and music is one of the ways that the young people in Neskantaga First Nation cope with what's going on in a positive way," said Lauren Akbar, the youth engagement co-ordinator with the North-South Partnership.
The evening festival was a hit, according to Moonias, who looked around the community centre and saw smiles for the first time in months.
"I'd say that was magical because I haven't seen that in our community for a while, where our young people felt there is hope. They're starting to feel hope again."
Teen plans future as photographer
Now those hopeful feelings are spreading, as the artwork travels with the North-South Partnership to Toronto, where plans for a gallery show and sale are being finalized.
Moonias's 15-year-old daughter Alyssa Moonias will have her photographs in the show.
"It feels good, like they're helping me get my name out there, helping me to succeed and reach my goal to be a professional photographer," the younger Moonias said.
Her proud father said it's a big deal to hear his daughter talking about the future.
"She's been different in a good way, after I bought her the camera," he said. "It's like something saved her."
And he said the connection Alyssa has made with Akbar and others with North-South is part of that change.
"Now I feel like our youth are getting up [and saying] it's worth living, it is. There are people that care."
It's a relationship that has benefits for everyone involved. Ryerson University student Branka Gladanak was among the North-South Partnership group that worked with the youth in Neskantaga.
Gladanak said hearing young people talk about their feelings deepened her understanding of the complexity of First Nations concerns, and left her longing to know more.
"It's something that really needs a lot of thought and understanding, and this experience has helped a lot, but I still feel like I need to learn so much more," she said of her 10 days in Neskantaga. "I feel like my understanding is on the surface and I'd really like to dig deeper and find out more."
This isn't the first time the North-South Partnership has been involved in Neskantaga, and organizers say it won't be at last.
They say the long-term relationship is important to the healing process, and everyone's understanding of how to move on after the crisis.