2-4 Jun
York University
Founders College

About indaba

3 Day Youth Conference

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On June 2, 3, 4, 2016, WoodGreen Community Services in partnership with the GTA Rites of Passage Advisory Circle and the National Rites of Passage Institute, will be hosting the 2016 Rites of Passage Youth Symposium called “the Indaba”.

The Indaba, meaning “gathering” in the Xhosa language, is an interactive gathering for young people of Afrikan heritage to gain insight and knowledge as they embark on the process of maturation, in doing so they seek to reclaim their identities.

The Indaba will be interactive utilizing a range of technological tools, media, and artforms from:

  • Drumming
  • Spoken word
  • Visual art
  • Digital walls
  • Digital media and dance …

… to engage delegates as they explore the four questions of Rite of Passage.


Rites of Passage

The transition from adolescence to responsible adulthood is possibly the most tumultuous passage we, as humans, will undergo.

It is filled with emotional, cognitive and physiological challenges, questioning, rebellion and uncertainty.

Rites of Passage is not a “program”, it is a process of maturation and personal development, practiced in many indigenous cultures designed to assist young people as they transition into responsible adulthood, which, if successful, has a long-term, positive impact on their values, perception of self, level of discipline and their commitment to family and community. Rites, known by many names, is practiced in First Nations Cultures.

The Akan of West Afrika believed that this ‘Process” is critical in affirming and clarifying four age old questions, which, if successfully instituted and embraced, will harvest young adults poised to contribute to the continued building and sustainability of their communities;

Topics covered

Who am I?

What values, history, traditions and cultural precepts do I recognize, respect, and continue?

How did I come to be who I am?

What were/are the forces, events, people which have come together to frame who I am?

Am I really who I think I am?

To what extent do I understand, internalize, employ, and reflect the cultural authenticity of my origins?

What is my life Purpose?

Don’t miss out!

Apply for scholarships

Scholarships are open to youth delegates, 25 and under, who wish to attend the Indaba.

The program provides financial assistance to help people who would otherwise be unable to attend the conference.

For more information about the requirements and process click here.

Our speakers


By public transit (TTC) there are a few options to get to the York U Keele Campus. Click here for common route options.

We are also providing shuttle bus service from target East, West, and Central communities. This map will be available on the site in May.

Register early to have your area consider as priority location.

It is entirely up to you. You can either present us with a printed ticket, an electronic ticket, or simply with your ID.

Yes, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner will be served.

Please be sure to include information about your allergies and/or intolerances when you complete your online registration, so that we can be sure to notify catering about meal needs.

We will not be able to honor your requests if they are not included in your registration.

Contact Indaba@rites.ca with any questions and we’ll get back to you.

Register (Ticket price list)


  • For youth 25 & under


  • For adults over 25


  • For groups of 10 or more

Venue location

York University
4700 Keele St, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Founders College
99 Ottawa Road

York University Accommodations
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  • DATE

    June 2-4, 2016

    Toronto, Canada