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Imagine a Canada

The Imagine a Canada 2021-2022 program asks Canadian youth from K-G12 and CÉGEP to envision a Canada reconciled.

Students who participate in the K-G5 stream are asked to submit an art piece, essay, or other representation which expresses their vision of a reconciled Canada. Students in the G6-G12 and CÉGEP stream are asked to go one step further and submit a plan and budget for their vision that addresses reconciliation in their community or school. 

Twelve projects from the K-G5 stream and 15 projects from G6-G12 and CÉGEP stream will be selected and honoured in a national ceremony. The students responsible for these projects will have the opportunity to participate in online leadership training exercises. Students with selected projects from the G6-G12 and CÉGEP stream will receive a micro-grant to turn their vision of a reconciled Canada into a reality.

Group of people at Imagine a Canada event
Group of people at Imagine a Canada event
Group of people talking at Imagine a Canada event

Imagine a Canada 2018/2019 Program

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Imagine a Canada is a national art and leadership program for youth across Canada to envision and aspire for reconciliation in our country.

As an educational tool for all ages, Imagine a Canada is an invitation for students from kindergarten to post-secondary to share their vision of reconciliation in Canada and explore both the past and our shared journey into the future.

Collectively, we want to be looking into the future of reconciliation and youth deserve to be a part of this visionary exercise. Imagine a Canada is a great way for young people to see themselves not just as concerned citizens but as transformative citizens — empowering them to be the change they want to see in the world.

Activities and Events

To participate, teachers support youth in their classrooms to reflect upon reconciliation and how to create their vision and artwork. Youth are invited to show how they can see themselves as leaders in reconciliation, to make the future of Canada a more respectful place. Sharing their visions for reconciliation can be through a poem, a song, a painting, a sculpture, a rap, a drawing, an essay, anything!

Imagine a Canada can build upon classroom activities related to Orange Shirt Day by continuing to encourage youth to think about the future of reconciliation and envision themselves as part of the change.

Friends and partners of the NCTR from across the country help select, recognize and honour submissions in each region of the country. One young person from each province and territory is also chosen to join the National Leadership Workshop and Ceremony. The youth who are selected will have the opportunity to learn directly from Survivors, Elders and other youth while having their work honoured during the three-day event.

Helpful Resources

For more information, please contact Imagine A Canada at:

Phone: 204-474-6069 or Toll Free: 1-855-415-4534 (North America)

Email: imagineacanada@umanitoba.ca

Please help us get the word out by using the poster and social graphics! Download the poster and social graphics below.

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IAC Poster – English (PDF)

IAC Poster – French (PDF)

IAC Poster – Inuinnaqtun (PDF)

IAC Poster – Inuktitut (PDF)

Past Program Gallery

Browse our photo and art book gallery from past programming events, including student submissions and honourees (2016-2019).

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NCTR’s spirit name – bezhig miigwan, meaning “one feather”.

Bezhig miigwan calls upon us to see each Survivor coming to the NCTR as a single eagle feather and to show those Survivors the same respect and attention an eagle feather deserves. It also teaches we are all in this together — we are all one, connected, and it is vital to work together to achieve reconciliation.