Art of Hosting
A training for Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth and adult allies from across Ontario
**Please note, if you're a young person from Thunder Bay/Northwest ON and you need financial support to be able to attend this training, we'll do our best to support you to come! Please read on to register/contact Krista at firstname.lastname@example.org or 249-356-0788 about award funds. If registering on Eventbrite is a barrier for you, please contact Krista at email@example.com or 249-356-0788.
What is it?
The Art of Hosting is an approach to leadership that scales up from the personal to the systemic using personal practice, dialogue, facilitation and the co-creation of innovation to address complex challenges.
This training is for Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth and adult allies from across Ontario. Over three days we will be staying and learning together about creating safe(r) brave(r) space, learning some facilitation tools and better understanding our relationship to leadership and reconciliation. We welcome youth and adult allies from all parts of Ontario and especially the Thunder Bay area to join us. If you require award funds to cover training, accommodation and travel costs, please read below and get in touch with Krista at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Art of Hosting training is being organized by Youth Social Infrastructure Collaborative (YSI) and 4Rs Youth Movement, and is being led by members of the internationally-recognized Art of Hosting: Beyond the Basics facilitation team, with support from YSI and 4Rs youth facilitator apprentices. We are thrilled to be working with and learning from a hosting team that has significant experience bringing equity and social justice to the centre of their Art of Hosting practice.
Why are we doing this?
This training involves what we believe are the key ingredients to supporting a safe(r), brave(r) space for Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people from many different backgrounds and life experiences to come together to understand their relationship with leadership and reconciliation.
In this space, we will strive to encourage conversation about what matters to young people, what changes they want to see, as well as what is needed in order to make that happen. Thinking about reconciliation broadly, this means confronting an incredibly difficult history; one that continues to be lived daily and impacts individual and collective experiences in Thunder Bay and across Ontario. This is healing work and it takes a long time.
With that in mind, we are hosting this training with the intended impact of:
- Connecting Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth from across the province who are working with networks like YSI, 4Rs Youth Movement, and others;
- Providing youth leaders and adult allies with a set of tools they can begin to use in community to host and deepen community dialogue and change work;
- Building the long-term capacity of youth and adult allies in the North to lead community healing and planning processes; and
- Attending to our reconciliation and healing together - recognizing our global connectedness as we move toward liberation
A note about training cost:
This training typically costs in the range of $700 - $1,000. With generous funding and sponsorship, we are seeking to make this training as accessible to young people and adult allies as possible. We are asking adult allies to contribute a subsidized registration cost of $500. In the spirit of YSI and 4Rs, if this cost is prohibitive, we are asking you to pay what you can, plus a little bit more, based on what this experience is worth to you. Your contribution also helps another person to join us.
If you require award funds to cover the cost of training get in touch with Krista at email@example.com!
YSI began in 2009 as a gathering of interested individuals and funders to discuss the state of youth social infrastructure in Ontario, in response to the Laidlaw Foundation’s Foundations & Pipelines: Building social infrastructure to foster youth organizing. Since then, YSI has grown to an intergenerational, cross-cultural, provincial network of 60+ organizations and 100+ individuals committed to co-creating the supports that young people need to make good things happen in their communities. We offer venues, skills, opportunities and relationships so that diverse generations and cultures can learn from each other, grow more resilient as a network and community, and take our contributions and innovations to the next level of impact. We convene diverse organizers & allies; connect in participatory ways; cultivate shared knowledge; and support local organizing.
In the last two years the YSI fire has spread from Southern Ontario to Northern Ontario, carried by young people from Northern communities passionate about continuing the youth-led, spirit-connected social change work that young people in the North have always been involved in.
Our work holds several principles and practices at its core, including the use of tools like Art of Hosting for hosting deep conversations, and the belief in “youth innovation spirit” held by youth leaders making positive social change in their communities. We believe that the pathways to social justice are paved with the energy and organizing practices of young people, especially those with the most so-called "problems". We believe we can take these trailblazing efforts to the next level by creating local communities of support outside of traditional hierarchies. Finally, we believe that when we deepen and transform the relationships between young organizers and adult allies across diverse communities and institutions, we are building a movement for youth-led social justice.
The 4Rs Youth Movement is a youth-driven initiative that was launched to change the country by changing relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people.
Since 2013, young leaders and adult allies from across fourteen national organizations have been exploring a new way forward for Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people to realize a changed relationship. The last year and a half have been crucial in building our shared capacity as young people to lead dialogue in ways that honour its complexity, and respect the vision of 4Rs to support the change that Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth want to see.
Over time we have witnessed our vision come to life and lessons are emerging around what might be needed in a shared experience for young people to engage in dialogue that furthers respect, reciprocity, reconciliation, and relevance. We hope that in inviting you to share in our learning you will feel both challenged and inspired to contribute to the movement in your own way.