Our Communities, Our Voices program

The Our Communities, Our Voices program aims to work with 24 young Indigenous leaders, and through a series of workshops, help them use the power of social media to strengthen the voices of their communities. Participants will learn about their role in the 2030 Agenda and discuss the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Participants will also gain skills and experience in social media and marketing techniques and hear from community advocates and public figures on how to harness the power of social media to create change. By the end of the program, the participants will be supported in the launch of a social media campaign to engage Indigenous communities in the SDGs.

Why Apply?

1) Make Your Voice Heard. 

Indigenous Youth have a critical role in global efforts to create a more sustainable and just future. Ensure your voice is at the forefront of these conversations and share knowledge and stories that are meaningful to your Communities. 

2) Connect with your People. 

Build relationships with like-minded Indigenous peers, and work as a team to share your own perspectives and experiences. Connect and learn from a global Community working towards peace and prosperity for all. 

3) Education is Power. 

Develop the skills and knowledge you need to create meaningful change. Learn how to harness the power of social media through hands-on experience, peer-to-peer learning, and knowledge from a range of exciting guest speakers.  

4) Change the World 

You have the power to make an incredible change! Channel the strength of your Communities to play an active role in addressing global goals like climate action, gender equality, and social justice.  

5) Create a Legacy. 

Throughout history, Indigenous Women, Two Spirit, and Non-Binary People have radically challenged colonialism and the patriarchy. Help continue a legacy of resistance and resilience for the next seven generations and speak out against systems designed to oppress these ways of life. 

Are you eligible to apply?

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be of Indigenous Ancestry (Inuit, Métis or First Nation).
  • Identify as a woman, non-binary or two-spirit person.
  • Be between the ages of 18 – 29 (at the time of application).
  • Reside in Atlantic Canada (NS, NB, NFLD or PEI).
  • Have an interest in community engagement and developing leadership skills.
  • Be able to commit to participation between Sept 2021 – March 2022.
  • Be willing to contribute 8-12 hrs/month to program (including attending bi-weekly virtual workshops and contributing to the creation of a social media campaign).

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* Two-Spirit people have existed in Indigenous Nations and communities long before other understandings of gender and orientation came to us through colonization. Today there is a range of terminology and pronouns used to acknowledge many diverse gender identities. Some people prefer a term specific to their gender identity, while others prefer terminology specific to their Nation and culture. The ‘Our Communities, Our Voices’ program is inclusive to all Indigenous women and gender minorities, regardless of the gender or sex they were assigned at birth.

Please note: This program requires a participant to commit 8 to 12 hours per month from September 2021 to March 2022. Each participant will receive an honorarium of $300 upon completion of the program, including the conclusion of their social media campaign.

How to Apply:

The Our Communities, Our Voices (OCOV) program is implemented by the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC) and is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Funding Program.

For queries and more information about the program, contact Jordan Smith (Program Officer | Our Communities, Our Voices Program) at [email protected].


July 19, 2021