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Youth-led community actions celebrating women’s history

Looking Back, Looking Forward: Youth-led Action Project Celebrating Women’s History in Canada (2014-2016)

Project Vision

This project seeks to mobilize youth (particularly young women from rural and other underrepresented communities) to create local initiatives to strengthen community and celebrate women’s history. Community actions will be hosted across the country and are linked to one of Canada’s historical milestones, the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Canada (2016).

Project Synopsis

This 2 year project is engaging 870 youth across Canada to increase their knowledge of their communities and the history of Canadian women leaders. Youth from across the country are participating in leadership trainings, attending intergenerational exchanges with mentors and elders, and implementing local history initiatives celebrating women in their region and in Canada's history. These activities aim to encourage participants who gain practical leadership skills to engage more actively in their communities.

Project Objectives

  • To increase the community engagement of girls and young women, particularly in rural and other underrepresented communities
  • To increase young people’s knowledge of Canadian history through a focus on significant women in history, leading up to the 2016 centennial of women’s suffrage
  • To increase young people’s sense of belonging, pride in their communities, links with mentors, and connection to youth from other communities across Canada