National Youth Gathering

Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE)

Our Mission

Canadian Roots Exchange builds bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth in Canada by facilitating dialogue and strengthening relationships through leadership programs, exchanges, and national youth gatherings.

Our Vision

We believe in a Canada where youth stand in solidarity to promote respect, understanding and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

Our Definition of Reconciliation

Canadian Roots Exchange defines reconciliation as an ongoing process where youth are at the heart of redefining relationships between the peoples living on this land. We strive to create spaces where youth of diverse communities can form meaningful connections and engage in inter-generational dialogue. We believe  that all youth have an integral role to play in understanding histories and current realities in the spirit of moving forward together.

Our Philosophy

Networks of solidarity: Honest, effective solidarity rests on strong relationships, and at CRE, these relationships are the top priority.

Centring Indigenous worldviews: Through collective learning, we’re committed to bringing Indigenous teachings into the everyday thought process of Canadians.

Practicing what we preach: At CRE, we model the change we want to see with at least 50% Indigenous representation at every level of our organization.

Discovering positive realities: CRE works to open the eyes of more Canadians to the resilience, strength, and successes of Indigenous peoples.

Safe spaces for dialogue: Every CRE facilitator is equipped with an anti-oppression framework to create safe spaces for people of diverse backgrounds.

Having fun together: From ice-fishing to joking around on 750-km road trips, our programs are proof that laughter is one of the best ways to build relationships!