Youth Innovations Stream Definitions

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DEFINITION: Black-led Grassroots Group 

A Black-led grassroots group meets the following criteria: 

Group Membership and Leadership Culturally and Community Anchored Work Equity-Focused
  • The majority of the core team members are Black* youth.
  • Black youth initiate and are clearly central to the initiative’s design and delivery. They also play a key role in decision-making.
  • The initiative is designed and grounded in the unique identities and experiences of Black youth. 
  • The initiative’s beneficiaries are exclusively Black youth, or it is clear Black youth will be the main beneficiaries.
  • The grassroots group has connections, relationships, trust, and acceptance in the communities in which they work. 
  • The initiative challenges and aims to change the status quo; builds capacity and power of Black communities; and creates opportunities for Black youth to be their full selves.

*Black encompasses the diversity within the community and includes, but is not limited to, Black, Afro-diasporic, Afro-Caribbean, and Afro-Latinx. Black is an inclusive term that recognizes the diversity and unique needs, culture, religious identity, etc. of the Black community.

 

DEFINITION: Indigenous-led Grassroots Group

An Indigenous-led grassroots group meets the following criteria: 

Group Membership and Leadership Culturally and Community Anchored Work Culturally and Community Anchored Work
  • The majority of the core team members are Indigenous* youth.
  • Indigenous youth initiate and are clearly central to the initiative’s design and delivery. They also play a key role in decision-making. 
  • The initiative is designed and grounded in the unique identities and experiences of Indigenous youth. 
  • The initiative’s beneficiaries are exclusively Indigenous youth, or it is clear Indigenous youth will be the main beneficiaries.
  • The grassroots group has connections, relationships, trust, and acceptance in the communities in which they work. 
  • The initiative challenges and aims to change the status quo; builds capacity and power of Indigenous communities; and creates opportunities for Indigenous youth to be their full selves.

* A collective name for the original people within Canada and their descendants. This includes First Nations (status and non-status), Métis and Inuit. Indigenous peoples are not monolithic and represent a broad and diverse spectrum of physiological, geographical, cultural and political traits and histories.

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