AS Indigenous

A SHOCKING REALITY

• An Indigenous youth is 10 times more likely to be incarcerated than a non- Indigenous youth.

• While Canada’s crime rate is at a 45-year low, it is surging upward for Indigenous people.

• Indigenous people make up just 4% of Canada’s population outside prison. Behind bars, the percentage of Indigenous inmates in women’s prison is 35% and 23% for men. This is a higher rate than it was for South African blacks at the very height of Apartheid.

• In Saskatchewan, where the Indigenous population is higher than in other provinces, an Indigenous youth is 33 times more likely to go to prison than their non-Indigenous counterpart.

• Indigenous offenders are served much harsher sentences for the same crime as their non- Indigenous counterparts.

• It’s not too surprising that on the Prairies, where the Indigenous population is high, the prison guard is the fastest growing public sector occupation.



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Purpose of the Leadership Program
This programme will leave youth leaders with a deeper understanding of the world and their important place in it as well as an unprecedented capacity to alter their lives and the lives of those around them.

How?
Through a uniquely impactful learning experience they come to take responsibility for their lives, express their natural capacity to lead, build trust, and align others to a common future that makes a difference. Through 3-day workshops or 1-month retreats for groups of 30+, youth engage in rich conversations through unique methodology woven with Indigenous history and tradition.

Background
Through their work in First Nations education, Amarok Society founders, Dr. Tanyss and Gem Munro have witnessed the serious educational

Amarok partners for this work with Unstoppable Conversations, an organization with a history of making a profound difference with Indigenous leaders across Canada using discoverybased learning with discussion through unique methodology to create transformative change.

Overseas, Amarok Society has seen real success in our model for bringing lasting change to an overlooked education crisis. We’ve done this by helping some of the poorest women in the world become catalysts of sustainable change in the world around them.

But Canada faces its own education crisis, which is also overlooked, and which also must be addressed through a spirit of innovation – one in which youth themselves must become catalysts of sustainable change in their lives.

Through their work in First Nations education, Amarok Society founders, Dr. Tanyss and Gem Munro have witnessed the serious educational disadvantages afforded to our Indigenous youth right here at home, with significant repercussions to the lives of these youth. Education deficits have a ripple effect to other areas, as evidenced by the gap between Indigenous populations and the average Canadian populations in health, income, justice, and social issues. There is likewise a serious gap between the equality we Canadians say we stand for, and the reality of life for most Indigenous youth.

Canada’s Inconsistent Identity
We Canadians pride ourselves on being a racially tolerant country. And we are – for the most part. We condemned South Africa for their treatment of the black population and shake our heads at the racial problems in the United States – where a black person there is 6 times more likely to be incarcerated than a non-black person. But the real facts in Canada tell another story and would surprise many of us.

Today, fewer than 40% of First Nation youth graduate with a high school diploma. In fact, these youth have a greater likelihood of going to prison than graduating from high school. The suicide re for Indigenous Canadians is one of the highest in the world at 5 to 7 times higher than for the non-Indigenous population.

What Can Be Done?
We need to create an educational opportunity that inspires and supports leadership, rather than ignoring and squandering its potential; one where Indigenous youth can express their creativity and passions, explore their culture and history, and strengthen their responsibility for their own lives and for improving the word around them.

That’s a tall order for any youth, but it’s in the history of Indigenous youth to naturally express their leadership in this way.

Raising the Bar for Indigenous Education
Amarok Society’s founders, Dr. Tanyss and Gem Munro, have a history of turning around highly troubled schools in northern First Nation education systems by empowering the youth to be catalysts of positive change. Their methodology draws upon Indigenous traditions, history, and culture to create transformative change in students’ lives.

Amarok Society is working toward establishing a Leadership Academy for Indigenous youth that they would attend for one month. Amarok Society also works in partnership with Unstoppable Conversations, an Alberta based organization to offer leadership workshops for youth.

Together, our work unlocks long-standing impasses through conversation-based workshops in a relatively short period of time. Amarok Society Indigenous leaves youth leaders with an unprecedented capacity to alter their lives and the lives of those around them.

Amarok Society, 1001-3230 Yonge St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada,

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