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Things That Are Happening

 

With all of us (we hope) taking care of ourselves and each other, by practicing self isolation and social distancing, we bet you've got some time on your hands. Why not listen in to Brennan and Pytor's chat about self care during what can be a very overwhelming time; causing anxiety and stress for many. As well, be sure to read Brennan's beautiful and powerful blog post (under What We're Thinking above) with more tips and links around self-care and how to address anxiety around COVID-19.

Spirit Speakers: Our Languages, Our Future - A National Youth Gathering

 

Thunder Bay Youth Engagement with Pathways to Education Canada and the Regional Multicultural Youth Centre

It is an exciting time in Thunder Bay, continuing our work with Pathways to Education Canada and their commitment to youth led community engagement.  Last fall a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth with the Regional Multicultural Youth Centre (RMYC) began meeting weekly to plan and organize Voices of Youth 2019: The Past, Present and Future.  Hosted at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School, and bringing more than a hundred Indigenous students together over two days with representation from each high school along with local community organizations, this event gave great insight into what supports students were looking for in their educational journey.  Read a snapshot of the gathering and the young people’s calls to support them in their path towards high school graduation in Pathways to Education Canada Snapshot of Youth Led Engagement in Thunder Bay.

We were excited last summer to continue to support the partnership between RMYC and Pathways to Education Canada, who have generously provided support to employ six youth who led a community mapping project.  The youth engaged with local organizations to determine what supports, programs and activities are available to students, in particular Indigenous students.  So far in 2020 the youth team in Thunder Bay, made of of students from every high school and the college planned and hosted the Voices of Youth Talking Circle, which brought more than 100 people to listen to seven brave Indigenous students sitting in one of our Supported Sharing Circles, share their experiences growing up Indigenous in Thunder Bay.  They are actively planning the large youth day in April and we look forward to learning more from all the students who take part. Contact Steven Pruchnicki from Three Things for more information at steven@3things.ca.

Nine Indigenous Young Elite Athletes Attended Lima 2019 Pan American and Parapan American Games

Mekite’tm 2019: I Am Proud, was driven by Waneek Horn-Miller, the first Mohawk woman to compete in the Olympics, (she was the co-captain of Team Canada Water Polo team in Sydney), and a Gold Medal Winner in the 1999 Pan Am Games, led our team in 2019 to once in a lifetime experience for Indigenous youth.  With our experience traveling internationally with children and youth, Waneek's expertise in sport, Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild as our Elder for cultural support along with Dr. Marie Wilson as an ally and Grandmother, who together worked with the powerful team of nine young people, all Indigenous elite athletes who were both inspired and were inspired by witnessing the Lima Pan American Games 2019 and taking part in cultural activities, including a visit to Machu Picchu. Meet The Mekite'tm Delegation. 

 

If you're curious as to the experience they had, this short film helps tell their story.

Your Voice Matters

We only get stronger when we self-reflect and listen to those in our network: our clients, participants in Three Things designed projects and programs and the communities we support.   Please take less than 5 minutes and share your insight, experience and ideas - and help us grow to be a stronger network of leading consultants across Canada ensuring everyone knows #the3Things - you matter, you are important and you belong.  Click the image below to take part!

Some Things That Have Happened

Walking the Path of Peace Together

This year we are happy to announce our yearlong commitment to support Walking the Path of Peace Together; a partnership made up of members of our local Indigenous community here in Kingston, where Three Things is based and who many on our team are proud members of, along with Faith United Church and their congregation.  Using our resources, the best we way we can, this commitment of in-kind and monetary contributions will help further the relationship building taking place, planning and execution of how the two communities can share the role and responsibility to care for a piece of land that Faith United has long waited to determine its best use.  Coming as a result of their learning via the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action, this became their plan: ensure there is space for reflection, sharing and healing, in partnership with the Indigenous community.  We were humbled to work for Faith United in early 2018, visiting and engaging with 100’s of Indigenous community members, resulting in this report, Walking the Path of Peace Together Final Report which is driving forward this important movement.  Read it today and follow along on the new Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Walking-the-Path-of-Peace-Together-2231188857147655/.  There are exciting things happening and in 202 we are honoured to support this movement that is demonstrating reconciliation in action.

Mapping Out the Future For Youth In Renfrew County  

Rural youth voices matter and often, they do not feel heard in the important discussions taking place across Canada on youth issues, policy and voice. We have been thrilled to partner with our friends at the Students Commission of Canada and work with Renfrew County and District Health Unit and Renfrew County Youth Network throughout the year which resulted in the release of the 2018 Renfrew County Youth Needs Assessment Report. A youth strategy will help ensure that youth voice helps influence the supports, services and spaces for young people in Eastern Ontario.

Indigenous Awareness Community Talking Circles

As we wrap up a year of Community Talking Circles for the City of Kingston, a component of their Engage for Change project, we are launching these important Circles across Canada.  Learn more by clicking here.

Msit No'Kmaq: All My Relations

45 Indigenous young people representing 31 First Nations, 3 Inuit regions 7 urban centres sailed across the Atlantic Ocean, from Halifax, Nova Scotia to La Havre (France) in August 2017 as part of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, all while taking part in Msit No’Kmaq, a Sail Training and Youth Leadership Program. To learn more, click here.

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Our Vision: Sharing the 3 Things with young people and their influencers creates a resilient nation of youth who are secure in their roles with family, school and community. Young people who believe they matter and feel important along with a sense of belonging will create a vision of a world that is better for all, and be active contributors to its development. Pytor, Stephanie and Dale have worked with and created some of the most innovative and effective youth organizations and services in Canada. From front line engagement to the development of national programs and networks of youth and their allies, they bring a unique and meaningful perspective to their work.
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Share with others your self care tips: what's working for you!

Here are some ideas of things we've been doing (or really really really trying to do). If you feeling extra anxious, stressed, worried or overwhelmed; it's normal based on the world today, though these activities, even just one or two can make all the difference.

As important as our physical health is and all the work we are doing to create distance, wash hands and not hang out with groups of friends or family - our mental, emotional and spiritual well being - is as important. All connected we are.
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3 Things ConsultingSunday, March 22nd, 2020 at 11:47pm
What a fantastic series of teachings, guidance and inspiration on how to walk in a good way from our friend Susan Aglukark. Thank you for sharing so freely the core values: so important!
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A word/song of encouragement imm inuktitut and english.
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3 Things ConsultingSaturday, March 21st, 2020 at 12:24am
Jeff Gennrich from our team had some ideas for those who, like him, are social distancing and staying home and more importantly, wanted to remind folks about #the3Things - which are so critical to be reminded of during these challenging times! Share with someone who you want to remind to practice self care - and that matters to you!

Check out below Jeff's ideas for folks who are staying at home and taking care of themselves, and of course, in doing so, others as well!
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3 Things ConsultingWednesday, March 18th, 2020 at 11:19pm
Join us online at 8:30 PM EST tonight for the Premier of COVID-19: You Are Not Alone: Strategies to Address Stress and Anxiety

Or watch at your leisure, after that:)

https://youtu.be/9RncPiAjtbk
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COVID-19: You Are Not Alone: Strategies to Address Stress & Anxiety Full Video
Brennan and Pytor chat about strategies and ideas that anyone, from young people to Elders, can do to help relieve some of the anxiety that many are feeling ...
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3 Things ConsultingWednesday, March 18th, 2020 at 9:52pm
With all of us (we hope) taking care of ourselves and each other, by practicing self isolation and social distancing, we bet you've got some time on your hands. Listen in to Brennan Googoo and Pytor's chat about self care during what can be a very overwhelming time; causing anxiety and stress for many. Read Brennan's beautiful and powerful blog post at https://3things.ca/one-indigenous-worldview-in-tackling-stress-anxiety-around-covid-19/ to learn more and get ideas on how you can take care of you. https://youtu.be/GRcXL5BoYwA

How are you taking care of you and your mental health during this time?
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COVID-19: You Are Not Alone: Strategies to Address Stress & Anxiety
Brennan and Pytor chat about strategies and ideas that anyone, from young people to Elders, can do to help relieve some of the anxiety that many are feeling ...
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3 Things ConsultingMonday, March 16th, 2020 at 3:28pm
The world is a lot right now. A lot of worry, stress and anxiety. A lot of sad, loss and hurt. A lot of misinformation and uneducated opinions instead of fact. A lot of greed and over consumerism.

And... a heck of a lot of kindness, sharing, caring, helping, offering, supporting, listening and loving. Look online to see the new groups popping up to help others in our communities; join up and share what you can. Look at the First Nations leading their own strategies and plans ensuring that the Elders and others who might be vulnerable are supported and cared for. Look at folks checking in on others, dropping meals and care packages for their neighbours. Look for the little moments too...when someone pays it forward, quietly and gently.

A wonderful example of this is Canadian legend and great Jann Arden - who later today (3:00 PM MT) on her page is hosting a free mini-concert on her Facebook page later today.

Where else are you seeing these moments that matter?