About the Founders:
“Y we dream” started off as an idea to give Aboriginal people method to be inspired and vehicle to be motivated and to provide proof that with hope and hard work dreams can be realized and achieved. Wayne Kaboni, is a Ojibway man and single father of two sons, along with his two sons Clinton 13 and Connor 12 have realized that there are many challenges and obstacles that people face every day and therefore motivated them to begin the concept of the “Y We Dream” organization. It was originally conceived as the First Nation Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002, but quickly became what it is now with the guidance of his two sons. Over the years Wayne has met several people that have become mentors, advisors to him and in the process he has become good friends with these individuals. Often when Wayne speaks at community events he talks about local heroes or people within the community that have succeeded either personally or professionally but are always visible in the community, our goal is positively promote or represent these successes but also of those that are more widely visible in the mainstream.
A lot of thought has gone into the development and the purpose of the “y we dream” organization that focuses on three pillars strength (Heart/Passion) pride and honour. The first pillar strength focuses is on strength, we have survived as a culture and we have become strong people because of our strength of conviction. The second pillar pride focuses on giving our people the tools and mechanisms to be proud of our successes and our history. People today tend to focus on failures more than successes and because it is believed that success is not possible. What we hope to do is to instill a reason for our people our children and our communities be proud by demonstrating how others have faced challenges to overcome these challenges and have become successful in their own right.
The third pillar honor represents a history and struggles of our grandparents and all those before them to remain a strong culture and a strong people so we must honor them and the sacrifices they made for us. Although the history tells us we are burdened by many government regulations and rules, with all this said we have managed for the most part to keep our languages alive, to protect our teachings and history. These three pillars have given Wayne and others like him the ability to dream big dreams. Every road worth traveling has challenges and therefore the birth of “Y We Dream”.
- To help Aboriginal people identify their dream
- To provide support and guidance for Aboriginal people to ensure their success in realizing their dream
- To develop accessible programs for Aboriginal peoples
- To create online content that showcases Aboriginal success stories and their pathways to a positive future
- To develop a network of ‘dreamers’ to speak in Aboriginal communities and schools and share their story to inspire
- To develop a video series for network television, online, and for cross-platform devices such as tablets and mobile phones.
- To develop communications material to deliver to Aboriginal communities to inspire youth to dream
What is a Dreamer?
We define a ‘dreamer’ as an individual or group that have achieved success in their respectful careers. Whether that is in business, sports, politics, the film industry, or as an artist, Y We Dream wants to introduce a varied group of industries, career paths, and possibilities to inspire youth. . Y We Dream has a list of individuals and groups that we can access to create videos for online content to share their stories to inspire youth.