December 15, 2016

Canada World Youth (CWY) salutes Canadian Prime Minister and Indigenous Leaders’ commitment on advancing reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

Canada World Youth (CWY) salutes Canadian Prime Minister and the Government of Canada on the  commitment on advancing reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and demonstrating an action plan towards a nation-to-nation relationship building among Indigenous leaders – Chief Perry Bellegarde, Assembly of First Nations, Natan Obed, President, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and Clem Chartier, President, Métis National Council.

“This is a critical juncture for the future of Canada: Indigenous youth must have faith in the process, in Canada and globally, to address generational inequities. Reconciliation can heal and must be an ongoing process in which all Canadians must learn, understand and engage,” stated Rita S. Karakas, President and CEO of CWY.

CWY is proud to encourage Indigenous youth leadership and engagement, notably by organizing delegations to the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII). PFII is an advisory body to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) which brings together member states and Indigenous Peoples to contribute to the UN regarding economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights as they pertain to Indigenous populations. Since 2014, CWY, in collaboration with Indigenous communities like Nunavut Sivuniksavut, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and  the Lower Nicola Indian Band, coordinated delegations of Indigenous youth from Canada to attend the PFII.

CWY also coordinated a delegation of Indigenous youth from Greenland, Canada, and Alaska in 2014 to participate at the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP). The WCIP was an opportunity to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of Indigenous peoples, including pursuing the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), which is a key framework for reconciliation.

“On the first anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Final Report, this is good news that the Canadian government is putting in place a national plan and concrete actions for reconciliation, opening the door to engagement and participation of Indigenous communities” explains Arnold Blackstar, Director of Indigenous Programming at CWY.

We must remember that we are ALL called to action to bring about a new era where rights are recognized, and equal relationships are forged between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people alike.

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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
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