April 23, 2019

CWY supporting the participation of Indigenous youth at the 18th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Canada World Youth is proud, along with Blackstar Community for Better Living Initiative Inc., in supporting five Indigenous youth from Canada to participate at this year’s United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) at the UN headquarters in New York City, from April 22 to May 2, 2019, where Indigenous peoples from around the world will assemble.

The UNPFII is a high-level advisory body to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) that meets for 10 days each year to deal with indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights.

This year’s UNPFII theme is Traditional knowledge: Generation, transmission and protection. Discussions will focus on how the rights of indigenous peoples to maintain, control, protect and develop their traditional knowledge can be promoted and protected.

This experience will provide an opportunity for indigenous youth to address their issues, priorities and needs in an international forum. At the same time, this will enable youth to acquire knowledge, skills and strategies in working with United Nations mechanisms and bodies, including meetings with international representatives. Side events this year include a Youth Forum on Areas of Concern to Indigenous Communities: Social, Economic and Environmental Development Impacts as well as Engaging Youth in Language Revitalization.

You can follow the events through our Facebook page at @CWYPFII.

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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,

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Mary McGee
1 800 605-3526 #336
514 931-3526 # 336