National Youth Gathering


Information for Participants

Since 2013, CRE has hosted 6 national youth gatherings. From November 15th to 17th, 300 youth from across Canada will gather in Saskatoon for our 7th and largest gathering yet.

In this gathering, we aim to to facilitate sharing between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth, encourage youth to engage in interactive dialogues on the significance of solidarity and reconciliation, and challenge negative stereotypes that divide communities.

Through this opportunity, young people continue to develop a national network of youth that promotes respect and understanding between all people living in Canada.
CRE's 7th National Youth Gathering will be held November 15th to 17th, 2018 at the University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in Treaty 6 territory.
This event is unique in that it is facilitated by youth, for youth. Over the course of 3 days, we plan to offer 42 workshops on the general themes of leadership, culture, identity and relations to the land.

In addition to workshops, we will host: 2 youth panels where participants will listen and learn from youth leaders; a keynote event where a prominent Indigenous leader will share their journey, perspectives, and advice with the youth; a networking event where participants can learn more about their peers' projects and passions; and a film screening followed by a guided group discussion.

Please note that these activities could change. The final program will be posted here.
This Gathering is ideal for those who are new to the topic of Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations, who are beginning to learn or are interested in expanding their knowledge about the history of Canada and the ongoing impacts of colonization on this land, and who want to meet diverse youth from across the country.

If you are aged 15-29 and are specifically interested in topics around leadership, culture, identity and relations to the land, this Gathering is for you! Please note that participants under 18 must be accompanied by a chaperone (see Chaperone information section below for details).

We would also like to recognize that the journeys of reconciliation and decolonization are varied and diverse. We understand that aspects of these journeys are internal, emotional, and psychological, while others are material and systemic. We also recognize and value that everyone is at their own place in their own journey. We welcome all youth at any point in their journeys to participate in the Gathering.
The registration fee for youth participants (under 30 years of age) from out of town is $125 and this fee includes all activities and lunch over the three days. Chaperones pay the same fee ($125). This does not include travel and accommodations, these are extra costs (see "Where can I stay? below").

For local youth participants, the registration fee is $40.

All youth participants may apply for a bursary to benefit from a reduced rate. Please indicate if you require financial assistance in the registration form.

You will receive more information on how to make the payment after submitting the online registration form.
CRE has booked rooms with a special rate at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Saskatoon East - University (1838 College Drive, Bldg# 2 , Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 2Z8).

The cost is $158.46 per night per room. All hotel rooms are double rooms with either 2 queen beds or 1 king bed and 1 queen or sofabed. You can stay 2-4 people per room, depending on your preferences.

Single rooms would have to be booked separately and directly with the Holiday Inn (the negotiated discount would not apply).

Breakfast is also included in the hotel costs.

To pay for accommodation, please mail us a cheque made out to “Canadian Roots Exchange”. The cheque can be sent to the following address: 956 College Street, Unit B Toronto, ON M6H 1A5.

If you prefer to do an e-transfer or pay via credit card, please email us first with your full name and the type of room you are interested in at
If you are an out of town participant and you need fly to get to Saskatoon, we recommend booking flights through our travel agent, Roberto from the Flight Centre. Please mention that you are attending CRE's gathering.

Roberto Molica-Lazzaro | Travel Manager
Flight Centre Business Travel Yonge and King
(416) 323-9920

Please note that all participants are responsible for booking their own transportation to the gathering, either through the travel agent or by themselves, which includes getting to the airport nearest you.
Please apply by filling out the registration form which can be found here.

Within a week of registering as a participant, you will receive a confirmation email that confirms your participation in the Gathering and will provide more information on how to make your payment (if applicable).
For participants who want to apply for a bursary and benefit from a sponsored rate (covering a percentage of the full costs), the deadline to apply is Thursday, October 4th at midnight CST.

The general registration for all other participants and chaperones closes on Tuesday, October 30th at midnight CST.
A packing list will be sent out to all participants closer to the date.

Information for Chaperones

There are 4 types of chaperones:

- A parent or legal guardian
- A teacher taking a group part of a school
- A chaperone from a community organization taking a group as part of the organization's programming
- A relative or family friend that has been approved by a parent or legal guardian

Chaperones must be at least 22 years of age. We recommend that chaperones accompany a maximum of 3-4 youth per chaperone.
Chaperones are responsible for supervising participants during the duration of the gathering. Chaperones must be able to have constant contact with the participant(s) they are chaperoning, be available in case of emergency and support participants at all times.

Chaperones are not required to attend the same workshops as the youth they are accompanying, but must be able to check-in regularly with their youth and reach them at all times.
Chaperones must pay the same fee as participants ($125) and fill out the same registration form, including the sections and waiver form specific to chaperones.
Chaperones may apply for bursaries for themselves and the group of participants they are accompanying. Please indicate in the registration form if you require financial assistance and email us if you are applying for assistance for a group:
If you as a chaperone and/or your organization or institution is interested in sponsoring youth to attend the gathering as participants or presenters, you are more than welcome! You may fill out the registration form on behalf of your group.

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