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May 5, 2016

CWY sends indigenous youth to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Canada World Youth and Nunavut Sivuniksavut
Investing in Indigenous Youth at the
Fifteenth Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

MONTREAL, Q.C. (4 May 2016) – Rita S. Karakas, President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada World Youth (CWY), and Murray Angus, Educator and Co-Founder of Nunavut Sivuniksavut (NS), are proud to jointly announce the participation of nine indigenous youth at the Fifteenth Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII15), to be held from May 9 to 20, 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. This second edition of the CWY United Nations Seminar, one of the four pillars of the CWY Aboriginal Youth Leadership Program, has been made possible through the generous donation of a Canadian philanthropist. The Aboriginal Youth Leadership Program is CWY’s commitment to forming the next generation of indigenous leaders in Canada and globally.

This collaboration will provide 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, including meetings with the Canadian and Danish Permanent Missions to the UN.

In September 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to further reduce inequalities worldwide. To achieve the SDGs, the UN and its Member States must consider the development priorities of indigenous peoples; demonstrate the participation of indigenous peoples in the design, implementation, and monitoring of the Goals; and more importantly, provide adequate resources to enable inclusive participation of indigenous peoples in the UN System,” explains Rita S. Karakas.

NS Instructor Murray Angus affirms, “The opportunity to participate in the Permanent Forum will significantly enhance the learning that our students have been doing in their Inuit Studies program these last two years. The knowledge they possess of Inuit history, land claims, and circumpolar peoples and issues will equip them to make important contributions to the discussions and deliberations.

 

About Canada World Youth
Canada World Youth offers international transformative learning experiences focused on building knowledge, leadership and skills through participation in sustainable community-driven projects. Over the past 40 years, 38,000 young people have participated in CWY programs, in Canada and abroad. http://www.cwy-jcm.org/

About Nunavut Sivuniksavut
Nunavut Sivuniksavut (NS) is an Ottawa-based college program dedicated to providing Inuit youth with academic preparation and cultural learning experiences to enable Inuit youth to succeed in post-secondary studies, contribute to their regions and assume leadership roles in their institutions and governments. Since 1989, NS has been affiliated with Algonquin College in Ottawa, through an innovative arrangement that allows NS to remain independent while at the same time providing formal accreditation. Graduates of the NS program receive Algonquin College certificates, and NS staff are college employees. http://www.nunavutsivuniksavut.ca/

 

For further Information:
Arnold Blackstar, Director of Aboriginal Programs, Canada World Youth
(514) 931-3526 extension 331

Morley Hanson, Instructor and Coordinator, Nunavut Sivuniksavut
(613) 244-4937

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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