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 their peers and our dedicated volunteers, girls can make an impact for a better world through Girl Guides of Canada’s National Service Projects.
For the 2021-2023 National Service Project: ReconciliACTIONs, Girl Guides of Canada has partnered with the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF), to inspire girls to start or continue their journey of truth and reconciliation. This National Service Project helps us deliver on our commitments to provide programming on residential schools and to partner with Indigenous-led organizations. DWF has offered its expertise in the form of their Legacy School Kits. These kits have materials to help girls of all ages explore the impact of residential schools on Indigenous people.
In addition to educational resources to support Guiders, the kits include the following materials:
- ReconciliACTION Guide
- Secret Path graphic novel and album download
- All kits come with this complimentary book, and it is a recommended resource for older girls. It is not suitable for Sparks and Brownies.
- A calendar of interesting events
- A flag to use during your reconciliACTION
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.
Guiders can sign up to receive their kits here!
Kits are sent directly from DWF, and it may take several weeks for kits to arrive.
While you’re waiting for your kit to arrive, you can do the following:
- Check out DWF’s online resources
The Legacy Schools ReconciliACTION Guide has information about Residential Schools (page 19), ideas from around the country (page 16), and ideas that you can share with your unit (page 27).
There are also booklists, activity guides, and resources on topics such as art, science, the Indian Act, cultural appropriation, and Indigenous languages available on the site.
- Check out activities on the program platform
Try out the Create Your Land Acknowledgement and Action on ReconciliACTIONs activities.
- Await the arrival of your kit
This National Service Project will run from now until 2023, so feel free to wait to start until after you receive your kit. The DWF toolkits are the starting point. They have resources inside to get your brainstorming going. Once you receive your toolkit, read and engage with the materials at a pace that works for your unit. Then you and your unit can decide on the ReconciliACTION you’d like to take. There will also be learning supports along the way, such as webinars and online events. Here are some ideas to help you get started:
- Read some books by Indigenous authors. Check out the booklists for all ages from DWF.
- Keep in mind that the Secret Path graphic novel that was included in your kit is best for older girls. DWF has lots of recommendations for age-appropriate book selections. You can also check out your local library for more resources.
- Organize a movie night or screening of an Indigenous film or series for your unit and community.
- Map Chanie’s journey using this resource that shows the geography of Chanie’s life.
Share your reconciliACTION
Girls and Guiders are encouraged to share their reconciliACTIONs to inspire others across the country. When sharing images of this year’s NSP, please use only Girl Guides of Canada social tags to protect the rights of girl members. GGC will then share the images with DWF with the participants’ approval. Submit your reconciliACTION to Girl Guides.
All Guiders who sign up for kits will receive a ‘booster' kit in the next Guiding year. This kit will contain new materials to help you continue working with your unit.
A new NSP crest has been created based on the designs of the National Indigenous Advisory Circle (NIAC) and in partnership with DWF. You can find the crest in The Girl Guide Store.
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.