PROGRAMS FOR INDIGENOUS YOUTH AND ADULTS - Outward Bound Canada Outward Bound Canada

“During my course, I gained a sense of confidence in myself that I did not have before... the sense of pride I had in my own ability to push through and beat my inner voice. The voice that sometimes tells you 'this is too much.' The course allowed me to become self-reliant and independent apart from my family. I had been apart from my mom before but not for this long or involved in this kind of activity. I had to take the initiative and look after myself with only the items in my backpack, as well as to be involved in the safety and building of friendships with the group leaders and the other participants.”

- RECIPIENT, THE RBC FUTURE LAUNCH LEADERSHIP AWARD FOR INDIGENOUS YOUTH

Outward Bound Canada’s programs for Indigenous youth and young adults combine the philosophy of Outward Bound with the values and teachings reflected by Indigenous cultures and communities in Canada. For more than 25 years, Outward Bound Canada has worked with various Indigenous communities and organizations to help develop inspiring and valuable programs. Outward Bound’s programs for Indigenous youth and adults are guided by the following principles:

  • Community-driven: direction and goals are established by our community partners.
  • Culturally-grounded: built on the particular cultural strengths, traditions and values of the communities we serve.
  • Capacity-building: create lasting value and build capacity for our community partners.
  • Deep collaboration: we aspire to build authentic partnerships that support the long-term development goals of Indigenous communities.

In 2017, building on a few long-standing donors’ support, and with a substantial investment from The Slaight Family Foundation, we are excited to expand our programming for Indigenous youth and adults with the launch of a National Indigenous Youth Leadership Program. By coordinating our expanded Indigenous leadership programs under an articulated national vision – one that includes the training of young Indigenous leaders as Outward Bound instructors and the hiring of a full-time Indigenous program manager – and by measuring the outcomes through an evaluation tool customized for this program, our intent is to significantly increase the scope and impact of our programming for Indigenous youth across Canada. In addition, our impactful Women of Courage program will be expanded to offer a wilderness program specifically for Indigenous women.

FUNDING FOR PROGRAMS FOR Indigenous YOUTH & ADULTS:

Our programs for Indigenous youth and adults are designed to offer a unique opportunity for individuals to participate in Outward Bound Canada adventures across the country. These programs provide Indigenous youth and adults with the chance to join their peers for transformational experiences geared towards bringing about positive change in their own lives.

TO APPLY FOR A PROGRAM FOR INDIGENOUS YOUTH OR ADULTS:

If you are interested in applying to our Indigenous Youth Leadership or Adult Program, please contact our Admissions Team, for more information:

1601-2200 Yonge Street , Toronto, Ontario, M4S 1C6
1.888.688.9273 Ext. 233

TO DONATE TO THE INDIGENOUS YOUTH AND ADULTS PROGRAM:

You can help Indigenous youth and adults thrive through outdoor adventure by donating here.

AGE
15-18
LENGTH
15 Days
TYPE
High school credit option
COST
Funded
COURSE DATES
Jul 17 - Jul 31, 2019
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Develop the classically Canadian craft of flatwater paddling on this 15 day adventure in the jaw-dropping Temagami/ndaki’meenan region. Discover how to make powerful choices that lead to success, how to overcome challenges, and how there’s more in you than you know.

AGE
16 > 19
LENGTH
21 days
TYPE
High School Credit Option
COST
Funded
COURSE DATES
Jul 4 - Jul 24, 2019
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Explore the Bay of Fundy area by kayak and on foot while learning how to work effectively with a group, how to feel empowered in your interactions with others, and how to be a fair and powerful leader.

NEW
AGE
14-16
LENGTH
5 days
TYPE
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Option
COST
Funded
COURSE DATES
Jul 6 - Jul 10, 2019
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Paddle and portage your way around and through lake after lake in the landmark Algonquin Park while getting the leadership training and confidence to achieve more than ever when you return to your life at home.

AGE
19+
LENGTH
18 days
TYPE
Outdoor/Experiential Ed Training
COST
Funded
COURSE DATES
Jun 10 - Jun 27, 2019
This course has run for this year.

Whether you are thinking of a new career or expanding your training, this course focuses on industry craft - ensuring you walk away with top-quality training in outdoor skills and leading adventurous journeys using the Outward Bound process model.

AGE
16 > 19
LENGTH
25 days
TYPE
High school credit option
COST
Funded
COURSE DATES
Jul 17 - Aug 10, 2019
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If you’re looking for a course that really allows your leadership potential to shine, this course will have you return home ready to take an up-front role in your school, amongst your peers or within your neighbourhood and surrounding community.

NEW
AGE
19+
LENGTH
14 days
TYPE
Outdoor/Experiential Ed Training
COST
Funded
COURSE DATES
Aug 16 - Aug 29, 2019
CLICK TO apply  4 spaces available, register today!

Whether you are thinking of a new career or expanding your training, this course focuses on industry craft - ensuring you walk away with top-quality training in outdoor skills and leading adventurous journeys using the Outward Bound process model.
Internship opportunities available.

AGE
19 > 24
LENGTH
21 days
TYPE
High School Credit Option
COST
Funded
COURSE DATES
Sep 5 - Sep 25, 2019
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If you’re looking for a course that really allows your leadership potential to shine, this course will have you return home ready to take an up-front role in your school, amongst your peers or within your neighbourhood and surrounding community.

AGE
20+
LENGTH
8 days
TYPE
Women Survivors of Abuse
COST
Funded
COURSE DATES
Sep 8 - Sep 15, 2019
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Working as a team to canoe through beautiful landscapes is an incredible way to bond with other women, reconnect with yourself, and realize your own potential. You may be surprised at all that you are capable of.