And they’re off. Goodbyes are hard but this has been an unforgettable, life changing experience that we are all going to be impacted by for a lifetime. Hopefully everyone involved brings some of what they have learned back to their individual communities and together we can work toward a promising and compassionate future for generations to come. A bittersweet, beautiful end to a project over two years in the making. Thank you for following these youth’s story.
A huge thank you to everyone who came to our final event! Healing of the Seven Generations opened the afternoon with traditional Haudenosaunee dances and songs. Halima from Reception House then led us in an Islamic prayer before the Mumbai youth performed a series of songs and dances. It was a beautiful conclusion to the project alongside sponsors, facilitators, participants and family who have joined us along the way. Love to you all, thank you for following this project’s progress 💕
The youth were able to explore Niagara Falls today! They said that they felt they were in a dream, what with walking past the tourist attractions, observing the falls from above and then taking the Hornblower boat cruise to the base of the falls. It was a beautiful day for all.
Our final music therapy and theater workshops were today! The theater workshop was conducted by Tanya and Nigel who brought fun theater games and contagious energy to the table. Tableaux and topics of what we want to change in the world were the goals of the day and it was so inspiring to hear the ideas of the youth and realize the good that they are going to contribute to the world. We cannot wait to see where their lives take them and we are so proud of them for everything they have worked toward and achieved during this project!
Today the youth had the opportunity to create arpilleras, a Chilean form of tapestry making where the youth sewed a story into cloth. Many of the youth expressed what they want to do in the future with their arpillera. This was incredible to see as this was something the project has aimed to work toward: providing a space where the youth can see a future for themselves outside the world of trafficking. The youth had an incredible time and made some beautiful pieces of art. We extend our deepest gratitude to Isabel of Neruda Arts for leading us through this incredible workshop.
The third theater workshop of the project consisted of vocal warm-ups, mirroring, tableau making and creating dances together. The youth had to make tableaus based off of themes such as the Jungle Book and sharks, mirrored each others movements in order to learn about connecting with their acting partner, and worked together to choreograph a dance, one move at a time. A big thank you to Nigel and Janice Jo Lee for facilitating!
Another park day! We played camp games and soccer, as well as shared dances. A lovely end to a lovely weekend. Though it was a little chilly, all the movement kept us toasty warm. Afterwards, we watched videos about both Canada and the Seven Wonders of the world, as well as played board games and danced even more. We are blown away by the youth’s boundless energy. Looking forward to the week ahead!
Big thank yous to our volunteers today, Rachel, Avery, Sarah, Caleb and Nick!
The youth are now shoe makers! Today, we had a moccasin making workshop led by Mary Clause and organized by Fran of Healing of the Seven Generations. The youth put together, sewed and displayed their very own beautiful footwear while also learning about Indigenous culture and history. Some very powerful conversations were had and meaningful relationships were made. We are so grateful to the Indigenous community for sharing their stories, welcoming us into their space and educating us on their beliefs, values and customs. It was a truly insightful experience.
Today was filled with high energy games, singing and dancing! MT Space put us in touch with a group of Chilean actors taking a tour across Canada and they facilitated our second theater workshop. They brought contagious energy and a free spirit which the youth quickly adopted. At least three different first languages were present in the room today yet any barriers seemed almost non existent as everyone worked together to create dances and play theater games. The youth even taught the facilitators some dances from back home! We also had a lovely meal cooked by Mount Zion’s pastor and his wife, much gratitude to them, and to Mount Zion Lutheran Church for lending us the space.
So much music today once again! Music therapy sessions this morning with Colin Lee, Emily Carruthers and Gerard Yun, some reflection questions on the project so far and what everyone was excited for when they first heard about it! We also taught each other some dances and then had a sponsored meal at Veritas. Afterwards we had a sound therapy workshop at Martin Luther University College led by Gary Diggins where we learned about different instruments from around the world and participated in several mindfulness exercises. Thank you to all the facilitators today!