YFR is about building connections, relationships, and allyship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth and communities.
YFR stands for Youth For Reconciliation.
This endeavour began as a project that involved students in Markham and Pikangikum participating in a collaborative novel study of Richard Wagamese’s novel Indian Horse. Why Indian Horse? Because at its core the novel is about the power of telling your story.
Inspired by Jennifer Casa-Todd’s book called Social LEADia: Moving Students from Digital Citizenship to Digital Leadership, and photojournalist Brandon Stanton’s “Humans of New York” social media photoblog, our students collaboratively created a social media Instagram page where youth in both communities, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, have been authoring a series of photo stories.
The hope is that through sharing their stories, perspectives, experiences, and world views we can build connections, relationships, and allyship. Each series of photo stories were in response to and inspired by some aspect of Wagamese’s novel.