Mission, Vision &
Pillars of Action
ReImagine17 is a national community of youth working to reimagine sustainable development through anti-oppressive, intersectional and interdisciplinary collaboration. Our goal is to encourage youth to critically reflect on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by facilitating a community of practice that holds space for knowledge-sharing, program development, and advocacy.
ReImagine17 wants to see youth in what is colonially called Canada critically reflect on and reimagine the SDGs, as a means to establish/generate/create equitable solutions to the challenges presented by the Goals. We want to see a community of youth meaningfully engage in grassroots initiatives centered on critical and creative reimagination of the SDGs. The involvement of youth in decision-making spaces encourages youth to further support their communities and bolster a network of anti-oppressive, interdisciplinary and intersectional social change, in order to build an equitable and sustainable future.
Our Pillars of Action
Our work is centered around 4 Pillars of Action:
I. RESEARCH, REFRAME AND REIMAGINE the United Nations SDG Framework within the 2030 Agenda.
II. NURTURE COLLABORATION AND PARTNERSHIPS between youth and youth-led organizations involved in sustainable development and advocacy work.
III. ADVOCATE FOR SOLUTIONS to empower and increase youth representation.
IV. AMPLIFY YOUTH PERSPECTIVES with an acknowledgment of intersectional identities.
Read more about our 4 Pillars of Action below.
I. Research, Reframe, & Reimagine
1. Research and critically reflect on the strengths and limitations of the SDG framework, as we look towards and beyond the 2030 deadline for their implementation.
2. Reframe dialogue and action by amplifying alternative approaches to the SDGs through knowledge sharing and interdisciplinary/intersectional collaboration.
3. Unite diverse people and perspectives to engage in productive discourse surrounding the SDG framework. Build solidarity, acknowledge difference, and highlight shared goals and values.
II. Nurture Collaboration & Partnerships
1. Facilitate dialogue and collaboration between youth and youth-led organizations involved in sustainable development and advocacy work, with a focus on organizations who critically and creatively engage with the SDGs and the challenges they present.
2. Convene operations and activities between relevant youth groups.
3. Facilitate knowledge exchange among youth and youth-led organizations, with an emphasis on co-developing best practices.
4. Create resources and engage in knowledge-sharing to equip youth to take action in their communities.
III. Advocate for Solutions
1. Advocate for the empowerment of youth as key stakeholders in SDG dialogues.
2. Advocate for the representation and redistribution of power to youth in the implementation of legislation and policy changes at the local, regional, and national level.
IV. Amplify Youth Perspectives
1. Ensure the youth of what is colonially called Canada are being accurately represented, with acknowledgment of intersectional identities.
2. Amplify and work in solidarity with the perspectives of Black, Indigenous, made-racialized youth, 2SLGBTQIA+ youth, youth living with disabilities and youth facing other systems of oppression* in what is colonially called Canada.
3. Amplify the perspectives of Northern, rural, and Atlantic Canada youth.
*This is not an exhaustive list of the identities facing systematic oppression.