Finding Our Power Together is an Indigenous-led non-profit organization supporting Indigenous youth to access support and relationships that enable them to thrive. FOPT offers a variety of therapeutic and educational programs designed to develop community, increase capacity, and promote wholistic well-being. We started as a way to grow connections between Indigenous communities across Turtle Island to share a message of hope and solidarity, particularly to save our young people from preventable death. We collectively understand the value of bringing together young people and community members from various communities to share resources and maintain connection; we know we can find our power together.
We dream of a future where:
Our mission is to guide Indigenous youth in realizing their goals and accessing diverse supports. We achieve this by:
Our ultimate goal is to end preventable death by suicide in Indigenous communities and support our young people to thrive.
FOPT originated in 2016 as a grassroots initiative in Nibinamik First Nation, founded by Indigenous youth from Treaty 9 territory. Facing the heartbreak of suicide in their community, these youth collaborated with Ryerson University members to create a documentary, voicing their experiences of systemic discrimination and their resilient spirit of hope.
This film, marking our first major milestone, premiered in 2017 at Ryerson University, Toronto, uniting nearly 400 allies in a show of solidarity. Since then, we've expanded nationwide, offering various programs and adapting to online support during COVID-19, registered as a non-profit in May 2020.
Our journey gained momentum in 2017 with a pivotal community visit by the Nibinamik youth council. They produced a video to share their stories and extend support to peers grappling with suicidal ideation. This peer-support initiative was a beacon of help and solidarity.
During a community visit in 2017, the Nibinamik youth council developed a video in which members shared their own stories and offered supports to youth who may be experiencing suicidal ideation. This video acts as a peer-support to offer help and support to those in need.
Since our inception in 2016, Finding Our Power Together has undergone significant transformation and growth. As we've moved into 2023, our journey has evolved from a grassroots initiative to a comprehensive service agency, deeply committed to the well-being and empowerment of Indigenous youth across Canada.
As we continue to grow, our commitment to our core mission remains unwavering. We strive to adapt, innovate, and respond to the changing needs of Indigenous youth. Our goal is to be a leading service agency that not only addresses the immediate needs of Indigenous youth but also empowers them to shape a hopeful, vibrant future.