November 21, 2013

Canada World Youth Alumni present at 4th Assembly of First Nations National Youth Summit


DSCF3140From November 18th-21st, Canada World Youth Alumni and host families took part in the 4th Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Youth Summit taking place at TCU Place, hosted in Treaty 6 territory by Montreal Lake Cree Nation and the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations. National Chief, Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, will join the AFN National Youth Council and First Nations young people from across Canada in Saskatoon, to host a panel as part of the National Youth Summit.

Hundreds of First Nations young people, ages 16-30, gathered to network with peers, exchange ideas and identify priorities based on their needs and their vision for the future.  Delegates will participate in workshops with topics ranging from: First Nations control of First Nations education; taking action against cyber-bullying; healthy living and wellness; environmental stewardship; financial literacy; emergency preparedness and response among many others.

The Summit was also a chance to showcase the achievements and initiatives of young First Nations people from across the country.

Eight CWY Alumni took part as presenters at this event, including 5 Aboriginal Youth Volunteers from our Youth Leaders in Action Program: Janell Stick, Onion Lake First Nation, Saskatchewan; Ashley Smallboy, Big River First Nation – Prince Albert, Saskatchewan; Keigan Sack, Indian Brook, Nova Scotia; Jose Luis Patiño Perez, Piura, Peru; Bradley Tourangeau, Cote First Nation, Saskatchewan.  Chris Eagle from the Whitecap First Nation, Saskatchewan, presented as a CWY host family for the Youth Leaders in Action Nicaragua-Saskatoon exchange, as well as 2 Alumni from our International Aboriginal Youth Internship program: Sacha Favel, Poundmaker First Nation, Saskatchewan  and Jeanelle Blackstar, Moosomin First Nation, Saskatchewan.

Nov. 21st, in Centennial Hall, Arnold Blackstar from the Moosomin First Nation in Saskatchewan  and Director of Aboriginal Programs at CWY, presented leadership and skills building opportunities for Aboriginal youth via our various Programs for Aboriginal Youth.

For more information about this event please refer to the AFN website at:

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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.

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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