Artwork for this National Service Project was developed by Giselle Alfred, from the Namgis and Mamalilikulla First Nation, member of The National Youth Council, National Indigenous Advisory Circle, and third-year Ranger from Alert Bay BC, and supported by the design team at GGC.
National Service Project: ReconciliACTIONs
Together with her peers and our dedicated volunteers, girls can make an impact for a better world through Girl Guides of Canada National Service Projects.
The 2021-2023 National Service Project: ReconciliACTIONs, in partnership with the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund, will inspire girls to start or continue their journey of truth and reconciliation while delivering on our commitment to provide programming on residential schools and partner with Indigenous-led organizations.
The National Service Project: ReconciliACTIONs is aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 10: Reduced Inequality.
How does this National Service Project work?
Step 1: Guiders sign up to receive a kit
Curated by the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund, this new resource kit includes everything needed to learn about and support girls of all ages in learning about the impact of residential schools on Indigenous people, including:
- Educator Quick-Start Guide
- ReconciliACTION Guide
- The Secret Path graphic novel and album download
- Calendar, flag and more!
Guiders will also have access to the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund’s online events to learn more about how to use the resources in the toolkit and ask questions.
Step 2: Kits are mailed out to Guiders
Resource kits will be mailed out directly from the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund to Guiders who have signed up. Please note it may take several weeks for
kits to arrive, depending on the quantity of orders received.
Step 3: Girls and Guiders choose a reconciliACTION
To engage with the topic of truth and reconciliation, units are invited to choose a reconciliACTION that is relevant to them and their community to do as part of the National Service Project.
Step 4: Share your reconciliACTION
Girls and Guiders are encouraged to share their reconciliACTIONs to inspire others across the country. Submit your reconciliACTION to Girl Guides by tagging us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. When sharing images of this year’s NSP, please only use Girl Guides of Canada social tags, to protect the rights of girl members. GGC will then share with DWF with approval from participants.
Please note: all Guiders who sign up for kits will receive a ‘booster’ kit every fall with new materials for them to continue creating awareness, learning and sharing with their unit.
Look forward to a ReconciliACTION National Service Project crest to share your commitment to truth and reconciliation, coming in 2022!
Guiders, sign-up now to receive your kit!
At Girl Guides, we can each play a role in reconciliation. Through this important partnership with the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund, we aim to create awareness, share, learn and take reconciliACTIONs to help shape a positive future for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Questions? Contact NSP@girlguides.ca
Previous National Service Projects:
2019 – 2020: A Better World, By Girls
For the 10th anniversary of the NSP, GGC focused on the vision: a better world, by girls. To celebrate this anniversary and GGC's new vision, girls across Canada rallied together to define what their better world looks like and then took actions to create it.
2016 – 2018: Action on Poverty
Inspired by the 1st Seymour Guides’ submission, the title “Action on Poverty” embodies the spirit of service by putting girls into action. Action on Poverty aims to reduce the harmful effects of poverty by building understanding, empathy, and compassion for those living in poverty while reducing its stigma through continuous learning and dialogue. This is done through a service-learning approach that combines a service project with instant meeting activities.
2015 – 2016: Words in Action
Words in Action focused on MDG 2 - Achieve Universal Primary Education through the theme of “Literacy”. The goal of the NSP was to increase girls’ interest in reading and writing, promote the importance of literacy, increase access to books and information for communities across Canada, and more. This was done through active games and service activities such as hosting a book drive in their community, hosting a book exchange during a unit meeting, and volunteering to read at a library.
2012 – 2014: Operation Earth Action
Operation Earth Action was based on the United Nation’s MDG #7 - ensuring environmental sustainability. It focused on performing service for the environment in fun and inspiring ways. Girls pledged or participated in activities that focused on at least two of the following areas:
Reduce use of plastic water bottles and/or shopping bags
Reduce the distance their food travels
Make homemade green products
Plant trees in a public space
Reduce energy consumption
Support and build animal habitats
Upcycle materials from trash to treasure
2011: EmPOWERing Girls
EmPOWERing Girls was based on the United Nation’s MDG #3 - promoting gender equality and empowering women. It focused on learning about issues facing girls and women around the world. One component of the NSP was to have girl and adult members sign PLAN Canada’s petition asking the Canadian government, and the United Nations, to create an International Day of the Girl.
2010: Eradicating Poverty and Hunger
In its inaugural year, our NSP was based on the United Nation’s MDG #1 – eradicating extreme poverty and hunger. More than 16,000 members committed to over 68,000 acts to end hunger and poverty through various activities.