Indigenous Youth Leaders Osmosis Immersion

For several years now, as iEmergence has been working alongside Indigenous Peoples (IP) communities, we have seen young people become strong leaders as they intentionally engage their cultures through conversations and relationships with elders. In these relationships, they work to gain knowledge and understanding of how to best lead their people into a healthy future. As iEmergence engages in building pathways with leaders from the Indigenous communities of Tagakolu, Ata, Matigsalug and Teduray in the southern Philippines we strive to provide safe space, unique experiences and mentorship so young people might develop and grow to become confident and culturally-rooted leaders for their respective communities - leaders who accept with full pride and honor, their Creator-given identity.
Intl Osmosis

With this in mind, iEmergence has identified 5 young indigenous leaders: Maritess Gonzalo from the Tagakolu tribe, Susan Batawan and Roel Arthur Ali Jr. from the Ata tribe, Rudy Mande from the Matigsalug tribe and Mark Anthony Laganding from the Teduray tribe, to engage in a learning experience from a new and unique context that will allow them to build upon the knowledge they already have and explore deeper understanding of what it looks like to live indigenously. Our goal is to build on the gifts that have been entrusted to them by their community and culture and provide a reflective space for personal and holistic growth and development.

This project, known as Osmosis; is a cultural immersion experience that will take place from October 25-November 10, 2016. Before embarking, participants will engage in five monthly team meetings to build group unity and start learning together about the place we will be going and the people we will be meeting. Participants will also have two days of Appreciative Cross Cultural Engagement Training (ACCET) to develop an awareness of how to healthfully engage in these communities. Osmosis will take us to the Upland Holistic Development Project (UHDP) in Chiang Rai, Thailand, and the Koren tribal communities with whom they walk alongside. At the UHDP, participants will have opportunities to live in the context of a sustainable, Christian development organization and learn the processes and ways of doing development in culturally-appreciative ways. After spending a week at the UHDP, we will engage with organizations and institutions in Chiang Mai that are focused on indigenous rights and anti-human trafficking endeavour in their communities. In Chiang Mai, participants will have opportunities to engage in consultations with local organizations regarding their efforts and partnerships with Indigenous communities that work to curve the spread of human trafficking as well as increase awareness of Indigenous rights issues.

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Through this Osmosis and the reflection upon this journey, it is our hope and desire that participants will be affirmed in their identity as indigenous young people; exploring how both indigenous values and the positive experiences from the past are necessary for the successful development of their communities in the future. We also desire for participants to be inspired and motivated to birth and pursue dreams for their own communities through the level of appreciation and value they put into their own cultural identity and the learning that they will get from host communities as well as from other Osmosis participants. Through this Osmosis, participants will gain an understanding of how to use knowledge about past successes in like communities to guide them in their pursuit of their own dreams for the future and also recognize the important role that they play in upholding their culture and the development of their community.

Check back here as we share more about Osmosis and the young Indigenous leaders who will be participating in this unique learning experience.

Keep Discovering and Learning

"During my visit in the community of Sorayan last July 4-6, I was encouraged to learn and deeply value my own identity and culture. The visit inspired me to continue to share my talent and capacity to encourage more young people like me to keep on discovering and living the values and tradition of being an Ata youth. Through this, I think that the next generations will understand and appreciate our tribe more deeply. It is our hope to bring pride and honor as young Ata people in Paquibato, the city of Davao. I am willing to share and do what I can for our future and for the benefit of our tribe. I hope you too will support this kind of endeavor for our future and for the future of young tribal leaders like me. Thank you! "- Bob Ali, Ata youth leader

Currently, we are in the process of designing a development plan for “Baloy no Panuluanan” or Cultural Village in partnership with the Ata community in Sitio Sorayan, Barangay Colosas, Paquibato District, Davao City. Last July 4-6, 2016, the community re-validated the output of the workshop and consultation initiated last March. The trust and relationship formed with the community members and their leaders since then allowed for each one to express their ideas openly. The community then collectively decided on the essential elements that would form part the design for the first phase of the project, which is the planning and resource mobilization. We have faith that this plan will enrich and support the implementation of the project effectively.

The Cultural Village will be an intentional space for learning and cultural regeneration. It aims to create a generational flow between the elders in the community and the young emerging leaders of the tribe. The elders will be the mentors who will purposely pass on their Indigenous knowledge and wisdom to the next generations. At the village, there will be a concrete learning path for the Indigenous youth and capacity building for the community leaders that will emphasize the significance of community intra and inter-tribal relationships ~ with one’s self, others and the natural world.

In the future, this learning space also hopes to invite every individual, from all walks of life, to come to the village, learn with the Ata people and experience a long-lasting sense of amazement that they will take with them as they live, learn, brighten and inspire the lives of others.

With your enormous support, this village will be a venue for many beautiful indoor and outdoor learning spaces to: learn with the tribe through culturally appropriate ways, commune with nature, experience Ata music and arts, sewing, traditional farming, organic food, traditional medicine growing, traditional outdoor skills, and converse on Indigenous faith and spirituality.


We are eager to walk with you in this beautiful journey. Contact us for more details!