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Imagine a Canada

Watch the Imagine a Canada National Celebration on Friday, June 10th, on Youtube!

It is with great pleasure that the NCTR announces the following projects to be recognized for their quality of thought and expression around reconciliation from the 2021-2022 Imagine a Canada program.

Kindergarten to Grade 5 | Region – Names – School – Title of Piece

BC – Maksimas Viskontas – Saint Pius X Elementary – Imagine a Canada – Truth and Reconciliation
BC – Olivia Wall – Saint Pius X Elementary – Hand in Hand
AB – Katrina Podridske – A Blair McPherson School – We All Belong
AB – Lingkhaam Ho, Daniel Wang, and Brooklyn Johnson – Earl Buxton School – Having Fair Rights
MB – A’Emilo Casarez – David Livingstone Community School – Turtle in the Sea
MB – Jasmine Onam – David Livingstone Community School – Peaceful Night
ON – James Teng – Osprey Woods Public School – Path of Reconciliation
ON – Laurence Griffin-Carlson and students from Mme Doyle’s class – École élémentaire publique Charlotte-Lemieux, La nature c’est la liberte
NWT – Sebastian Bernabe – École St. Joseph School – Hope
NWT – Elizabeth Bernabe – École St. Joseph School – Forgiveness

Grade 6 to Grade 12 | RegionGrant – Names – SchoolProjects

BC – $750 – Joey Xu, Samuel Gropen, Raven Rocha, Mana Ahnadi, and students – Westridge Elementary School – Art installation
BC – $1000 – Aubree Miskinack, Tia Benedetti Oriecuia, August Bristowe Nagy, and students – Rosser Elementary School – Elders and residential school Survivors assemblies
BC – $1500 – Dominick Nelson, Adrianna Neels, Max Sankey, and students – Horse Lake Elementary School – Indigenous garden
AB – $1000 – Danika Armitage, Angel Dessus-Day Chief, and Kreelynn Sparvier – Forest Lawn High School – Indigenous medicine garden
AB – $1500 – Stevie Lawrence – Victoria School of the Arts – Community fridge
SK – $750 – Asia Walker, Angel Mosquito, Chloe Walker, and Tyarah Inkster – Bedford Road Collegiate – Cultural Workshops
MB – $750 – Kalya Kucharsky, Nyssim Gervais, Nicole Li, and students – Treherne Collegiate Institute – Indigenous medicine garden
MB – $1000 – Carter Shotton, Addison Price, Jodene Andres, and students – École Van Walleghem School – Métis beading project
ON – $750 – Aura Orozco and Emma Scaife – St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School – Art installation
ON – $1000 – Antonia Pitawanakwat, Angel Gebremethin-Taylor, Christina Pitawanakwat – Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute – Art installation
ON – $1500 – Breanna Roy and Morrison Hill – Limestone District School Board – Indigenous garden
QC – $1000 – Kaylee Wong, Kishonte Millar James, and students – Beurling Academy – moccasin making for Project 215+
QC – $750 – Jade Touchette – CDC Lachute – Art installation
PEI – $1000 – Norah Knockwood, Emmarie Knockwood, Leah Sabattis, and students – Mount Stewart Consolidated School – Art installation

Thank you to all youth, educators, communities, and schools for participating in the 2021-2022 Imagine a Canada program! We encourage your participation next year and we look forward to seeing what you develop in 2022-2023!

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

Youth in the K-G5 stream can submit an art piece, essay, or other representation to express their vision of a reconciled Canada and what they hope others will learn from their submission. Twelve projects will be selected from the K-G5 stream to be included in an art booklet showcasing their work and message. 

Youth who participate in the G6-G12 and CÉGEP stream can go one step further and submit a plan on how their project will address Reconciliation in their community or school. Projects for consideration include: inviting Survivors, Elders, or Knowledge Keepers to speak at a series of learning events; building a permanent art installation representing Reconciliation at the school; or supporting volunteer work in communities related to Reconciliation. Six projects from the G6-G12 and CÉGEP stream will receive $750, six will receive $1000, and three will receive $1500. Additionally, these projects will also be recognized in an art booklet.

Youth from select projects in both streams will be invited to participate in virtual leadership training exercises. Youth will learn directly from Elders, Survivors, and Knowledge Keepers as well as special guests about how to engage and lead difficult conversations, how to be a Reconciliation leader, how to manage projects, and how and where to secure funds for future projects. 

At the end of the school year, a national celebration will be held to honour the twelve projects from the K-G5 stream and fifteen projects from G6-G12 and CÉGEP stream. Youth from the fifteen projects will be expected to give a short presentation of their project and its progress. Furthermore, the youth will engage with select classrooms from across the country to talk about Reconciliation and share their project. They will also be expected to provide a check-in midway and provide a final report as to their project and how the funds were spent.

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

Past Program Gallery

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

Financial Support:

Support for Imagine a Canada program comes from IG Wealth Corporation, Power Corporation of Canada, and CCUNESCO.

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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.