Answering our collective call to action
Voices of Indigenous youth leaders on reconciliation
In January 2023, Deloitte’s Future of Canada Centre launched Voices of Indigenous youth leaders Volume 1: Building our knowledge bundle. The report laid the groundwork by addressing the reason for the series, outlining the research and data-gathering approach, participant composition, and the current state of reconciliation in Canada.
We're pleased to share the second volume in our series focused on education entitled, Voices of Indigenous youth leaders Volume 2: Bridging study and work for long-term success. This report seeks to amplify young Indigenous voices who are largely absent at decision-making tables, and as our research revealed, are generally not fully feeling the intended effects of reconciliation actions.
While much progress has been made in addressing reconciliation in higher learning and employment, it’s slow going: Indigenous young people continue to face systemic barriers on their path to academic and career success. For example, according to a 2023 Indspire study, of the 109 post-secondary institutions it polled about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action, 51 reported having an Indigenization or reconciliation plan and 46 made Indigenization efforts but without a concrete plan or strategy.
The report has been structured as a journey, from post-secondary learning through the transition to the labour force and to early career stages. Join us by reading the report to learn more about Indigenous young peoples’ lived experiences and how to make reconciliation efforts more impactful.
Education takes a toll personally. I grew up on reserve and when you leave the community, you get support to go to the city but then all those services are lost. We get more support in the first year, but it diminishes over time.