February 5, 2018

Canada World Youth to receive funding for International Aboriginal Youth Internships (IAYI) Initiative

IDW2018MONTREAL, QC (February 5, 2018) – Global Affairs Canada announced today that Canada World Youth (CWY) will receive funding for the International Aboriginal Youth Internship (IAYI) initiative. “We are pleased to see that the government supports CWY in implementing these very important international initiatives for youth. We believe that indigenous youth, given the skills and experiences, can achieve their utmost potential and become active leaders in their communities and elsewhere,” said President and CEO of CWY, Rita S. Karakas.

Canada World Youth has been actively engaging indigenous youth in all its programs from day one. Between 2009 and 2017, over 600 Indigenous youth participated in leadership projects in Canada and around the world, representing 25% of all youth on CWY programs. We are committed to empowering the next generation of indigenous leaders in Canada and internationally. We know they can become catalysts for change through community development and multilateral cooperation.

Through experiential hands-on learning experiences, living and working with other indigenous youth and in indigenous communities overseas, participants in the IAYI will discover how to be active and engaged global leaders and to champion others. The experience provides them with the knowledge, skills and strategies needed to enhance their leadership roles, academic performance and employability. “CWY has sent 2 cohorts of IAYI interns overseas since 2015 and we are very excited to be again offering this transformative experience to indigenous youth”, said Annie Aningmiuq, CWY Director of Indigenous Programming.

CWY, as part of its four pillars of the Indigenous Youth Leadership Program, also sends indigenous youth to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in New York City. This experience provides an opportunity for indigenous youth to address their issues, priorities and needs in an international forum. At the same time, it enables youth to acquire knowledge, skills and strategies in working with United Nations mechanisms and bodies, including meetings with international representatives. A new cohort will attend the UNPFII in April 2018.

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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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514 931-3526 # 336