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Leading Together

A series of video and text stories profiling innovative, collaborative experiments in youth empowerment that are delivering concrete results for Aboriginal communities. Commissioned by The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation of Montreal, these stories were produced by a talented team of journalists, most of them indigenous. The Leading Together stories were assembled and edited by Journalists for Human Rights and Tyee Solutions Society, and are co-published by the Aboriginal owned Wawatay Native Communications Society, as well as on the websites of Journalist for Human Rights and The Tyee.

This project was unveiled in Oct. 2013 as The Circle, a network of community organizations, foundations and philanthropists, hosted its third All My Relations gatherings -- a conference to discuss issues of importance to First Nations and Metis communities across Canada.

In This Series


Dechinta Bush University

Dechinta Bush University: Learning off the Land

In the Northwest Territories, a new blend of traditional and academic ways of knowing. First in a series on empowering Indigenous youth.

By Angela Sterritt, 22 Oct 2013


Duncan McCue

How Do We Inspire Indigenous Youth?

That question drove the creation of the Leading Together series that begins today.

By Duncan McCue, 22 Oct 2013



Apathy Is Boring Engages the Rage

In the era of Idle No More, this Montreal-based organization helps Aboriginal youth find their political voice.

By Haley Cullingham, 12 Mar 2014


Young man by shore in KI First Nation

On the Rez in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug

Indigenous youth show southern Canadians what life in a remote northern community is really like.

By Lenny Carpenter, 18 Mar 2014



The Red Road Project: Trading Substances for Substance

One youth-led initiative in Nova Scotia is getting Mikmak youth off drugs and booze, through culture.

By Trina Roache, 19 Mar 2014


Youth on bench

Kids Help Phone's Healthy Communities Initiative: How to Counsel the Counselors

Counselors trained to respond to indigenous context help youth help themselves.

By Pia Bahile, 25 Mar 2014



Exeko: Uniting Kanesatake through Radio

How a Mohawk village's radio station, silent since Oka, roared back to life.

By Nicolas Renaud, 26 Mar 2014


APAC board member Tracey King

Professional Networking, Indigenous-Styles

Blazing new trails to urban success with the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada.

By Lisa Charleyboy, 1 Apr 2014



A New Story from Attawapiskat

Program trains young journalists in remote First Nation communities to report their community's news.

By Lisa Charleyboy, 2 Apr 2014


Ray-Cam Community Centre on Hastings Street youth

Young 'Messengers' of Hope in the City

Indigenous urban teens defeat isolation and despair by learning to mentor others.

By Wawmeesh G. Hamilton, 8 Apr 2014



Sacred Circle: Breaking Stereotypes, Building Leaders

'Change happens when you get to know each other,' says Me to We club coordinator in Fort St. James.

By Wawmeesh G. Hamilton, 9 Apr 2014