United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 2022

Youth Delegates to UNPFII in New York City When Dakota Crow Spreads His Wings was young, his grandparents would tell him stories about attending big meetings at the UN headquarters in New York City. Although they have since passed on, Dakota said being in the buildings at the UN headquarters, it is incredible to think that they walked the same halls, and sat in the same rooms. “I wanted to get a full experience of …

CWY-JCM Alumni for Ukraine

CWY-JCM Alumni for Ukraine “We, the volunteers, we don’t have anything from the government right now, so we are all alone,” said Marta Bielak. She has been at the Polish/ Ukrainian border, helping refugees who are crossing into Poland. Along with many other volunteers, Marta is helping to provide transportation, food, information, and shelter to Ukrainian people as they flee bombing in their cities and towns. She said that often, when people reach the border, “They have …

Youth discuss menstrual health and breaking taboos

For the first time since the HerWASH project began, youth working on the project from Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Burkina Faso, had an opportunity to meet and discuss their work. On Saturday, March 12, former HerWASH Program Officer for Canada World Youth, Sarah Limbombe moderated a virtual panel with three groups of youth volunteering with HerWASH. HerWASH is a WaterAid Canada program, in partnership with WaterAid country and local partners, funded by Global Affairs Canada, …

Lessons and Solutions in Irregular Child Migration: Notes from the Field

“Look for a reason to stay in your country,” said Susan Ormiston, at the discussion on irregular child migration on February 9th. “Imagine in some of our countries, if our children were thinking all the time about leaving, and risking everything, it’s a big decision and what we’re talking about here is giving them another option.” Earlier this month, we participated in a virtual forum hosted by Children Believe, to discuss the lessons and ideas …

Alumni Spotlight: Brothers from Different Worlds

When Lester Triguero arrived in Canada in 1996, it was his first time flying on a plane and his first time leaving the country. From a rural town in Cuba, Lester was studying to be a teacher when he applied to go on a Canada World Youth exchange. “It’s a big thing, to have the opportunity to travel as a Cuban person,” said Lester. “Few words can describe how happy I was,” he said, after …