THUNDER BAY – There are many groups in Thunder Bay working to make our community a better place. The Revolution: Girl-Style was selected for two awards in the Changemakers Initiative: Inspiring Approaches to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Learning.
Revolution: Girl-Style is a youth-led peer-to-peer program designed to empower young Aboriginal women who are especially vulnerable to abuse, violence, risk and negative lifestyles.
The Regional Multicultural Youth Council (RMYC) program in Thunder Bay, Ontario started the program in order to engage girls and young women in activities that raise awareness of feminism, social justice and equality. By training Aboriginal peer leaders and developing role models, Revolution: Girl-Style helps young women to learn valuable social skills, adopt healthy lifestyles and form strong peer support groups.
]The program is designed to help young woman break negative cycles that continue to plague Aboriginal families and communities.
- One of the The Girls Action Foundation Awards for being a top entry addressing Aboriginal education submitted by a First Nations, Métis or Inuit young woman (under 30 years of age) from across Canada in the amount of $1,000; and
- The North-South-Partnership for Children Award for an idea or project pertaining to the Far North in Ontario in the amount of $1,000.
The Regional Youth Multicultural Youth Council entries were selected from the more than 266 ideas and projects.
This initiative and event are truly collaborative in spirit! Ashoka Canada’s partners include: Changemakers, the Chagnon Foundation, The Counselling Foundation of Canada, Donner Canadian Foundation, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, The J. W. McConnell Family Foundation, The Lawson Foundation, MamowSha-way-gi-kay-win: North South Partnership for Children, Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation, Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative, Ontario Trillium Foundation, RBC Foundation, Small Change Fund and Vancouver Foundation.