The 2019 Carriers of Hope

Much thanks to these 36 young people who learned, laughed, shared, drummed, cried, danced, healed and created together: creating a strong community, a powerful sense of hope for their futures and these powerful 5 Calls to Action.

Download the Raised Voices Carriers of Hope Calls to Action here. 

Now, as adults, governments and systems it is our time to read, reflect and act on these Calls to Action.

We thank the Assembly of First Nations for inviting us to be part of this journey, in particular the Education Unit, where their commitment to the young people was demonstrated in the success of the program.  We acknowledge the support of Nova Scotia-Newfoundland Regional Chief’s Office and Regional Chief Morley Googoo and his team for their vision for this event, in particular, Shannon Monk for her important contribution in creating this space where youth could create change and engaging adult allies from across the country to come to respond.  We honour all the adult allies who came to listen on February 4th, 2019: AFN Regional Chiefs, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett, Cathy McLeod; Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Official Opposition Critic, Chiefs and Councillors, AFN Youth Council members, First Nations education experts, national First Nations organizations, youth serving organizations and parents and family members.

Download the Biographies of the Carriers of Hope and the full program Raised Voices Carriers of Hope Final Program.


Raised Voices: Carriers of Hope was a First Nations youth education policy forum hosted by the Assembly of First Nations, and designed and facilitated by the Nova Scotia-Newfoundland Regional Chief’s Office and Three Things Consulting.

This event was geared to First Nations youth aged 13-18 years with diverse experiences; youth who may have faced challenges with school systems; those who have excelled; those who have been identified as leaders; and those who might not often take part in these kinds of activities.

Youth voice matters and is essential to the future of First Nations education.

Together we will design better education systems.   The Assembly of First Nations supports First Nations youth leadership and grateful to have heard from you.

Delegates created a series of Calls to Action on First Nations Education – and shared those Calls with leaders, policy makers (the ones who often make decisions) and other allies from government and national organizations.   Calls to Action is another way to say – really important ideas and recommendations -and the audience heard them loud and clear!

Learn more by downloading the Raised Voices Carriers of Hope Overview

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