Canadian Roots Exchange
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Canadian Roots Exchange
Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE) is a national organization that trains Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth to form Reconciliation Teams with a purposes to teach about the effects of colonialism on Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Canada. In 2014, Luther formed a steering committee that included members from the Aboriginal Student Centre, faculty members from the University of Regina, Luther College at the U of R, and Luther College High School, including Joel Beres (HS’99, U’07). Luther’s commitment has been to provide financial and counselling support to the four students who have formed the first CRE team on campus: Lindsay desRoschers, Austin Josephson (HS’10, U’15), Lee Prosper, and Giselle Yee. The efforts of this team have been outstanding. They have organized, on average, two events per month, reaching out to high schools in Regina and surrounding areas and as well as to numerous university classes. One of the events was a very well-attended evening of presentations and dance honouring murdered and missing Indigenous women on November 21, 2015.
“Canadian Roots Exchange has given me the unique opportunity to join forces with Indigenous and Non-Indigenous youth from all over Canada who strive to bring about positive change in their respective communities…. Working with students from Elsie Mironuck School and seeing how their teacher is teaching Indigenous history in the classroom gives us hope for the future. We want to hear the thoughts and ideas of youth, giving them a voice…. By working with teachers, students, elders, and professors, we are building a larger community within our own community. I am extremely grateful for Canadian Roots Exchange. Having taken a minor in Indigenous Studies in University and having a strong understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing, I feel I can share my knowledge with others and strengthen minds and worldviews for the better…. I strongly encourage youth to join Canadian Roots Exchange and become involved with one of the best volunteer organizations in Canada.”
Austin Josephson is an alumnus of Luther College’s High School and University campuses.
To learn more about Canadian Roots Exchange, please visit their website at http://canadianroots.ca/.