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September 22, 2014

Canada World Youth and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami Voicing Indigenous Youth Issues at the World Conference on Indigenous People

MONTREAL, Q.C. (September 22, 2014) – Rita S. Karakas, President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada World Youth (CWY), and Terry Audla, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), are pleased to announce a joint partnership to send a delegation of thirteen indigenous youth to the World Conference on Indigenous People (WCIP) to be held September 20 to the 25 at the United Nations in New York.

In collaboration with the Inuit Circumpolar Council and the National Inuit Youth Council, this is an intensive hands-on learning experience for indigenous youth and an opportunity to provide them with a voice to address their issues, priorities and needs in an international forum. At the same time, this opportunity will enable youth to acquire knowledge, skills and strategies in working with United Nations mechanisms and bodies.

“Canada achieved its international reputation through the contributions of Canadians who bring knowledge, skills and commitment to organizations around the world and the United Nations. Canada’s role in and contribution to international development and indigenous peoples has enabled international learning and knowledge sharing and influence around the world,” explained Rita S. Karakas.

Terry Audla affirms, “We support the CWY Indigenous youth delegation to the WCIP as an investment in leadership development for our future contribution to Canada’s foreign policy. Indigenous youth are well-suited to occupy positions of importance and influence in the Canadian government, civil society and industry now and in the near future.”

About Canada World Youth

Canada World Youth is dedicated to enriching the lives of people aged 15-35 who want to become informed and active global citizens. CWY offers international educational programs focused on building knowledge, leadership and other life skills through participation in sustainable community-driven projects, many in developing countries. Over the past 40 years, 36,000 young people and 11,000 host families have participated in CWY programs, in Canada and abroad.

About Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) is the national voice of the almost 60,000 Inuit living in the Inuit Nunangat which includes 53 communities across the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (Northwest Territories), Nunavut, Nunavik (Northern Quebec), and Nunatsiavut (Northern Labrador), land claims regions. Founded in 1971 ITK represents and promotes the interests of Inuit on a wide variety of environmental, social, cultural, and political, issues and challenges facing Inuit on the national level.

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For further Information:

Julie Brouard, Director of Communications, Canada world Youth
514-931-3526 #310

Erin Filliter, Director of Communications, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
613-238-8181

 

 

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About Canada World Youth

Canada World Youth is dedicated to enriching the lives of youth aged up to 35 who want to become informed and active global citizens. CWY offers international transformative learning experiences focused on building knowledge, leadership and skills through participation in sustainable community-driven projects. For more than 40 years, 38,000 youth and 12,000 host families have participated in CWY programs, in Canada and abroad.

CWY is registered with the Canada Revenue Agency as a charitable organization (#118973999RR0001).

Source : Mary McGee, Communications Officer, Canada World Youth, 514 931-3526 # 336, mmcgee@cwy-jcm.org.

Interviews and information (photos available):

Mary McGee
1 800 605-3526 #336
514 931-3526 # 336
mmcgee@cwy-jcm.org