Touchstones for Youth

The Touchstones for Youth: Reconciliation in Indigenous Child Welfare curriculum is based on the Touchstones for Leadership: Reconciliation in Indigenous Child Welfare curriculum. The goal is to train youth ages 15-24 in two day sessions so that they are able to deliver community based reconciliation workshops in their communities. The community sessions are meant to teach others about reconciliation and the Touchstones principles so that child welfare services and policies for Aboriginal children are culturally relevant and respectful. The session provides practical opportunities for youth to learn about the process of reconciliation while exploring each of the Touchstones of Hope Principles which guide the reconciliation process in child welfare: Language, Culture and Holistic Approach, Self-Determination, Non Discrimination and Structural Interventions. By the end of the training, youth will have a better understanding of why reconciliation is important and how reconciliation will result in better outcomes for Indigenous children and young people in child welfare, and more broadly in other areas affecting children.

The curriculum was written by Melanie Ferris, with the assistance of Tee Copenace.

The curriculum (Note: permission from the FNCFCS required to use the contents in these documents):

Module 1: Exploring the Lives of Indigenous Children and Youth in Child Welfare

Module 2: Leading the Way Forward in Reconciliation

The Touchstones for youth curriculum is now a part of the Touchstones Tool Kit since we believe that youth should be involved in decision making and in dreaming for healthy children, youth and families. The curriculum booklets are available from the Caring Society.