July 10, 2012
Canada World Youth and Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Join Forces to Bolster Saskatchewan’s First Nation Youth
Montréal, July 10, 2012 – Louis Moubarak, president and chief executive officer, Canada World Youth (CWY), and Bobby Cameron, Office of the Second Vice Chief, responsible for Lands and Resources Commission, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) today confirming their organisations’ strong mutual commitment to Saskatchewan’s First Nation youth. The two organizations will work together to ensure that these youth possess the necessary knowledge, skills and opportunities to enable them to assume leadership roles in their own communities as well as in international cooperation. CWY and FSIN will be signing specific protocols over the coming months as they implement this new cooperative working relationship.
“CWY and the FSIN, through the FSIN’s Environmental Youth Council,” explains Moubarak, “will be identifying specific activities and opportunities – leadership, mentorship and entrepreneurship opportunities – for First Nation youth, with a focus on experiential educational opportunities in international cooperation, such as the programs CWY has been operating over the past 40 years. In 2011-12 alone, CWY offered international leadership programs to 211 Aboriginal youth volunteers from across Canada.
According to Vice Chief Cameron, “both our organisations believe in the importance of consulting and involving all those who will be affected by our joint initiatives. And of course, these initiatives must be compatible with our respective missions and support the purpose of this agreement. This is why CWY and the FSIN decided to adopt six key principles to guide our collaborations.”
- Youth Focus: Create an optimal environment for youth decision-making in order to facilitate their learning and engagement in community affairs and international cooperation.
- Skills Training: Equip First Nation youth with relevant skills and training that would allow them to play leadership roles in their communities and on the international scene.
- Community Involvement: Provide the opportunity for youth to share their experiences and lessons learned in their own communities.
- Holistic Approach: Actively engage and consult with First Nation youth, community members, Elders, leadership, organizations, and corporate sponsors in First Nation youth leadership-building.
- Respect: Develop experiential learning opportunities that are respectful and responsive to the diverse, current realities of First Nation youth.
- Safety and Well-being: The health and safety of youth are paramount in all of our international educational programs.
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