YMCA Canada is proud to be the lead partner for the 4Rs Youth Movement, a collective of young leaders and allies from ten national organizations, committed to changing Canada by changing the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth.
The dream is of a new way forward: meaningfully changing the relationships and discourse of First Nation, Metis and Inuit Nations. Through the values of respect, reciprocity, reconciliation and relevance, 4Rs is carefully supporting and creating spaces for Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth to come together in conversation.
4Rs hosts experiential training, workshops and gatherings to help young people express, explore and communicate with each other and build respectful relationships. Over time, this will have a significant, measurable effect, not only on the educational, economic, political and social outcomes of Indigenous youth, their families and communities - but for all Canadians.
In our role as lead partner, YMCA Canada works closely with the 4Rs Youth Movement to support their mission. We play an active role by providing the 4Rs team with office space and administrative support and YMCA staff help support the movement. The 4Rs steering committee includes young YMCA leaders, who work with 4Rs to activate gatherings in locally, regionally and nationally across the country.