Join us for the Spirit of Social Change: Youth, Spirituality and Social Action

This event is hosted by Faith House Ottawa and Muslims for Progressive Values Ummah Canada (MPV), as part of the Ottawa Network of Spiritual Progressives (ONSP) 2014 Monthly Dialogue Series.

Gather with a group of young people of diverse spiritual and faith backgrounds to discuss the way spirituality informs community service and social justice work! The discussion will be facilitated by two young people who are inspiring change in their communities:


  • Gabrielle Fayant – Vice President of the Odawa Native Friendship Centre
  • Sana Khalil – Muslims for Progressive Values Ummah Canada (MPV)
  • Featuring a slam poetry performance by Anoshia Quadri and others! 

Feel free to bring snacks to share. Light refreshments will be available.  The venue is wheelchair accessible.

NOTE: This is a safe space for LGBTQ of all faiths and beliefs.

If you’re new to this dialogue series, please review our discussion guidelines:



This event is part of a series taking place across Canada, which is sponsored by the Couchiching Institute for Public Affairs and the Inspirit Foundation, with support from the Baha’i Community of Canada.

Facilitator’s Biographies:

Gabrielle Fayant, is a young Métis woman, who originates for Fishing Lake Métis Settlement in Alberta, currently elected as the Vice-President of the Odawa Native Friendship Centre. Gabrielle attends school part-time at Carleton University studying a major in Psychology and a minor in Indigenous Studies. Gabrielle has worked for a variety of National Aboriginal Organizations such as the National Association of Friendship Centres, Native Women’s Association of Canada and the Aboriginal Healing Foundation and has experience on a number of local, regional and national advisory committees and councils such as the Canadian Commission of UNESCO’s Youth Advisory Group, YWCA Y Act Up Advisory Committee, and Ottawa’s Urban Aboriginal Strategy Education Advisory Committee to name a few. Gabrielle is also the co-founder of a grassroots youth initiative called Youth For Northern Communities who dedicate their time to fundraising for issues such as the Attawapiskat housing crisis in the winter of 2011-12, Have a Heart for First Nation Children Day and Joining Hands for Our Communities Gala which helped raise $10,000 for the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society. Gabrielle has been actively engaged in Chief Theresa Spence’s Hunger Strike, Idle No More rallies and teach-ins and organizing Indigenous Nation Movement Youth Forums across the country as well as organized for the arrival of the Journey of Nishiyuu, Youth4Lakes and Pemitaieg Ugjit Nm’tginen walkers to Ottawa.

Sana Khalil has written a memoire on the potential of incorporating spirituality in social work intervention as part of her MSW degree. As a member of the national steering committee for the Muslim Youth Canada project, Sana has outreached and developed interventions to empower youth through civic engagement. Sana is an active member of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, an organization working towards the empowerment of Muslim women and the understanding between Muslims and other faith communities. She is also an active member of the Ottawa chapter of Muslims for Progressive Values MPV Ummah Canada and supports the movement. Sana has been a research assistant for studies on the topics of Muslims’ views on women in Islamic family laws, islamphobia, and Muslim youth identity post-9/11. In 2012, under the Modern Muslim Women – International Visitor Leadership Program, Sana was one of the five Canadian activists to travel in five U.S. cities to exchange with other civic-minded and engaged citizens. She is currently working with francophone newcomers to promote their integration into the Canadian society.

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