National Youth Gathering

Interested in presenting?

Information for Presenters

Persons aged 15 to 29 years of age can present individually or as a team. Youth may include an adult (aged 30+) support person to co-present with them, but the workshop must be led by youth.
You can present a topic of your choice in line with the theme of reconciliation and of this gathering: “In search of miyo-wîcêhtowin: the future of respectful relationships”. For example, your workshop can address the topics of:

- Leadership (ex: activism, entrepreneurship, public speaking)
- Culture (ex: dance, spoken word, spirituality and worldviews)
- Relations to the Land (ex: hunting/trapping, urban gardening, medicines, food)
- Identity (ex: allyship, ethnic histories, gender and sexual spectrum topics)

You may also present any other topic you find relevant to the theme of the gathering. All workshops should also include an interactive or experiential element, where participants are actively learning by doing (ex. teamwork, sharing circle, hands-on activity, etc.).
Workshop blocks are one and a half hours in length.
If your workshop is selected, you will be presenting to both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous youth. Please be mindful that our diverse and unique mix of youth, with various cultural and racial backgrounds, hailing from various communities around Canada, form a vibrant and varied group.

While the majority of the gathering program is open to all participants, we are aiming to hold a few sessions for Indigenous youth only and others for non-Indigenous youth only to allow space for discussion on the distinct Indigenous and non-Indigenous experiences of reconciliation.

Please note that while it is our intention to create these spaces we will not be taking measures to ensure that participants are attending sessions based on their identity so we ask that everyone remain respectful of the space they are sharing.

Please indicate in the registration form whether you'd be interested in presenting a workshop geared towards Indigenous youth, non-Indigenous youth, or for all youth, and be mindful in your workshop planning and presentation of the cultural backgrounds of your audience.
The workshops will be taking place in classrooms of different sizes at the University of Saskatchewan campus. We will try our best to match you/your team with a space that best suits your needs.

Please indicate any supplies, AV or technological needs, or space requirements that you need for your workshop in the registration form.
CRE will waive all fees for any local presenters accepted.

Out of town youth are eligible for a sponsored presenter rate. This includes transport, accommodation and registration for $200. Presenters must be 29 years old and under.
Interested facilitators are encouraged to send in a proposal through the online form which can be found here.

If your workshop is selected, you will be asked to participate in a pre-gathering check-in over the phone with CRE staff for workshop presenters.
For workshop presenters, the deadline to apply is Thursday, October 4th at midnight CST. Send your application in ASAP!
You will be notified by October 6th at the latest. It is also possible that you will be contacted earlier, since applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

We will review all applications, and email all applicants regardless of the outcome of their application.
Unfortunately, CRE does not have the capacity to offer individual support for workshop presenters. If you have any questions about the workshop presenter registration form, please let us know.
More questions? Feel free to reach us at: conference@canadianroots.ca