August 8, 2018

Pathways to Indigenous Youth Leadership Program – CWY welcomes Peter Schiefke, M.P., to meet IAYI Indigenous interns

It was a pleasure welcoming Peter Schiefke, M.P. for Vaudreuil-Soulanges and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister for Youth, to a special supper last night for the interns. We thank Mr. Schiefke for sharing stories and emphasizing the importance of youth volunteering overseas as a stepping stone along their career paths. We would also like to thank the representatives from Global Affairs Canada for attending and having the chance to meet the interns, as well as Cheryl Zewiec, from the Nokiwiin Tribal Council, partner of CWY for the internships, Arnold Blackstar, former Director of Indigenous Programs and past participant (Colombia, 1986) and Susan Handrigan, Treasurer of the CWY Board of Directors, and past participant (Costa Rica, 1997)

Canada World Youth is sending overseas its 4th cohort of interns as part of the Pathways to Indigenous Youth Leadership Program – International Aboriginal Youth Internships (IAYI), thanks to the generous funding by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada. Through participation in overseas development projects in Peru and Colombia, and access to training and mentorship, the interns will increase their capacity to address international development issues overseas and in their own communities while exploring educational and employment opportunities.

The 34 Indigenous interns from coast-to-coast-to-coast are completing their week-long pre-departure camp in Ottawa and will be departing for Peru and Colombia tomorrow, August 9. We invite you to read the intern’s bios to get to know them better and to follow us on social media for updates on their program.


Peter Schiefke, M.P. for Vaudreuil-Soulanges and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister for Youth


2018 IAYI interns

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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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