Written by Marilyn Field, DAREarts Founder.
I remember that night 10 years ago like yesterday. As we gathered around the campfire at the Junior Rangers Camp, Webequie traditional teacher Bill Jacob invited DAREarts to come to the community. Three months later, in our first circle in the school there, twenty youths and the DAREarts team started creating together. Over the years, look how much we have accomplished together! Youths, we learned so much from you. Meegwetch. We are so proud of you. You have the power within you to DARE to speak to the rest of Canada about things that really matter – like love, and caring for each other, and the land. Your songs say it all. Here are two:
We hope to continue walking with you for many more years to come. “One step at a time” as you say, towards a strong community. The future is yours.
We measure our success by your words:
“…The school has been fortunate to have had DAREarts in the community for 10 years, presenting an empowering youth leadership workshop that builds on the roots of self identity, resiliency, and strength to forge challenging future pathways and choices that are built on the local knowledge, teachings and traditions of community. In these 10 years I have seen a ripple effect. Proof is in the workshop this year; there is a mix of both alumni members and new youth and it is this kind of collaborative and mentorship process of combining the old with the new that the power of voice and the unity of self advocacy can ignite the kind of change that has a visionary power and sense of becoming that creates sustainable change: a future of visionary possibilities underscored by inclusion and diversity. The youth of today are the change of tomorrow. They are strong in who they are, they are responsible in giving back to community and they are diverse in their unique contributions to society. DAREarts is built on this philosophy and their consistent and ongoing dedication to Webequie youth over the years has been relentless. The connection grows stronger each year. I do hope this partnership continues. Thank you!” Mary Gardiner, Principal, Simon Jacob Memorial Education Centre, Webequie FN