Artwork for this National Service Project was developed by Giselle Alfred, from the Namgis and Mamalilikulla First Nation, member of The National Youth Council, National Indigenous Advisory Circle, and third-year Ranger from Alert Bay BC, and supported by the design team at GGC.
National Service Project: ReconciliACTIONs
Previous National Service Projects:
2021 – 2023: A Better World, By Girls
From 2021 to 2023, a total of 2,339 toolkits were sent out nationally.
More than 11,000 crests were purchased by units across Canada.
The 2021-2023 National Service Project: ReconciliACTIONs helped GGC deliver on its commitments to provide programming and education on the history of residential schools and to celebrate Indigenous cultures. This was achieved with the help of our partners at the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF), whose toolkits helped units across Canada start or continue their journey of reconciliation. In total, 2,339 toolkits were ordered, and more than 11,000 NSP crests were purchased.
2019 – 2020: A Better World, By Girls
For the 10th anniversary of the NSP, GGC focused on the vision: a better world, by girls. To celebrate this anniversary and GGC's new vision, girls across Canada rallied together to define what their better world looks like and then took actions to create it.
2016 – 2018: Action on Poverty
Inspired by the 1st Seymour Guides’ submission, the title “Action on Poverty” embodies the spirit of service by putting girls into action. Action on Poverty aims to reduce the harmful effects of poverty by building understanding, empathy, and compassion for those living in poverty while reducing its stigma through continuous learning and dialogue. This is done through a service-learning approach that combines a service project with instant meeting activities.
2015 – 2016: Words in Action
Words in Action focused on MDG 2 - Achieve Universal Primary Education through the theme of “Literacy”. The goal of the NSP was to increase girls’ interest in reading and writing, promote the importance of literacy, increase access to books and information for communities across Canada, and more. This was done through active games and service activities such as hosting a book drive in their community, hosting a book exchange during a unit meeting, and volunteering to read at a library.
2012 – 2014: Operation Earth Action
Operation Earth Action was based on the United Nation’s MDG #7 - ensuring environmental sustainability. It focused on performing service for the environment in fun and inspiring ways. Girls pledged or participated in activities that focused on at least two of the following areas:
Reduce use of plastic water bottles and/or shopping bags
Reduce the distance their food travels
Make homemade green products
Plant trees in a public space
Reduce energy consumption
Support and build animal habitats
Upcycle materials from trash to treasure
2011: EmPOWERing Girls
EmPOWERing Girls was based on the United Nations' MDG #3 - promoting gender equality and empowering women. It focused on learning about issues facing girls and women around the world. One component of the NSP was to have girl and adult members sign PLAN Canada’s petition asking the Canadian government, and the United Nations, to create an International Day of the Girl.
2010: Eradicating Poverty and Hunger
In its inaugural year, our NSP was based on the United Nation’s MDG #1 – eradicating extreme poverty and hunger. More than 16,000 members committed to over 68,000 acts to end hunger and poverty through various activities.