In early June, I was invited by our local Yukon Foundation to attend the Community Foundations of Canada #AllIn2019 conference as part of the national youth delegation. The conference was hosted in the beautiful downtown area of Victoria, BC on the unsurrendered territory of the Lekwungen people including the Esquimalt and the Songhees nations. Going in to the conference, I didn’t know what community foundations were or how they worked. It was so exciting to learn and see how community philanthropy tied into things I’m passionate about.

Throughout the conference we were graced with performances from the cast of im:print by the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria. Im:print is a multi-disciplinary culmination; “stories of place/displacement, belonging/longing, connection/disconnection across diverse voices: Indigenous, settler, refugee, and immigrant.” I was so moved by these stories of honesty, vulnerability, and resilience.

By far, my favourite part of the conference was being able to have meaningful conversations with the other members of the national youth delegation. I’ve begun to make lasting friendships with some of them and had such an amazing experience listening to their stories, dreams for their communities, and passions. Having the youth delegation involved in the conference brought a much-needed energy as youth are the future of our communities, and involving us and giving us a seat at the table now, rather than in the future, is so important.

The plenary and concurrent sessions at the conference were outstanding. I learned so much from others about how youth are changing the future of philanthropy, alternative forms of generosity, decolonizing wealth, shifting power within philanthropy, and the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Also – we got to sit in on a live recording of an episode of the No Little Plans podcast.

That’s it from me for now! Thank you to the Yukon Foundation for providing me with this experience. Stay tuned for Beaufort Delta and Old Crow community tours updates coming very soon from Sarina and Asad! Bye for now.