About Standing Bear
ABOUT STANDING BEAR
Standing Bear is a program of ASWCO that is designed to strengthen individual and community wellness by empowering and supporting Indigenous youth in making positive change by providing access to culturally relevant opportunities for growth and development.
ABOUT THE NAME
A standing bear represents strength and courage in the face of a challenge or adversity. In the case of the Youth Leadership Program, it is representative of youth identifying the need to stand up, stand tall and represent Indigenous ways of knowing, learning, and doing.
In Indigenous culture, it is generally accepted that a holistic way of knowing, learning, and being must begin with a strong mind. While Western cultural notions may conceptualize the idea of ‘strong minds’ as simply being reflective of mental health, Indigenous peoples understand that leadership begins with one’s self. Positive growth and action in one’s self results in a holistic approach that impacts mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness for individuals and the broader community.
ABOUT THE YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM:
Given that sport and recreation are powerful tools for building capacity, developing skills and enhancing unity, they are catalysts and a strong foundation for leadership and wellness. ASWCO is uniquely positioned and honoured to initiate and support a youth-led, province-wide leadership development program as one of the key areas in Ontario’s journey of reconciliation. This project is reflective of the Government of Ontario’s commitment to working with Indigenous Peoples and communities and taking action for reconciliation in an effort to create a better future for everyone in the province. The project was initiated with the intent of:
- Engaging Indigenous youth and communities, Indigenous leaders, government at all levels, educators, businesses, non-profits, and non-Indigenous peoples in collectively defining issues and solutions regarding youth leadership.
- Developing a Youth Leadership Program based on research and consultations with Indigenous youth.
- Delivering youth-focused resources through project collaboration and partnerships
The Standing Bear program is delivered with one core and six optional streams of learning opportunities:
1. CORE INDIGENOUS LEADERSHIP
2. SIX STREAMS
- Creative Arts
- Community Activism
- Cultural Education
- Exploring Job and Life Skills
- Health and Wellness
- Sport and Recreation
For more information about Standing Bear’s programs, contact Shawna Boyer firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch with the regional coordinator nearest to you.