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38 Young People To Share Their Visions of Reconciliation


TREATY 1 TERRITORY (WINNIPEG) — The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation will recognize 25 submissions from young people to this year’s Imagine a Canada program, each telling a unique story of Reconciliation in Canada. At the upcoming National Celebration and Honouring Ceremony, guests will hear from special dignitaries, speakers, and from the youth themselves who will share their projects and what Reconciliation means to them.

What: Imagine a Canada National Celebration and Honouring Ceremony
When: Friday, June 9, 2023
9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. CT

Where: Livestream from the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

The event is closed to the public, however it will be livestreamed in English and French on the NCTR’s YouTube channel.

In March 2023, 14 art and essay submissions and 11 Reconciliation projects were selected for recognition for being uniquely beautiful, inspiring, and educational. These projects, and the meaning behind them, will be reproduced in one of two publications showcasing their creativity as well as their understanding of Reconciliation. In addition to being featured in the publication, the chosen Reconciliation projects received a grant of up to $1,500 to turn their visions into reality.

The Imagine a Canada program asks youth from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and CÉGEP to envision a Canada reconciled. Since 2016, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) has received more than 1,400 submissions and has worked with thousands of students to realize their hopes and dreams of a Canada they wish to see.

Submissions for 2024 will open on September 30, 2023. For more information about the program, visit the NCTR website.


“It is really moving to see so many young people submit what they believe to be reconciliation and what that means to them. It’s so important that these voices of our future leaders and change-makers are heard and celebrated.”

—Navalik Tologanak , Survivor Circle Member 

“We were delighted to see the creativity and passion of the students who took part in this year’s Imagine a Canada program. The stories they told through their submissions do much to inspire hope that a brighter future is possible when we walk along this path of Reconciliation together.”

— Stephanie Scott, Executive Director, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation


Quick Facts 

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) hosted by the University of Manitoba was created to preserve the memory of Canada’s Residential School system and legacy, not just for a few years, but forever. It is the responsibility of the NCTR to steward and share the truths of Survivors’ experiences in a respectful way and to work with Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators, researchers, communities, decision-makers and the general public to support the ongoing work of truth, reconciliation and healing across Canada and beyond.

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