February 4, 2019

Pathways to Indigenous Youth Leadership Program – interns return home!

The CWY Pathways to Indigenous Youth Leadership participants returned from their IAYI internships in Colombia and Peru in early December where they increased their capacity to address international development issues overseas and in their own communities.

“This program has had an impact that is going to last my entire life.” says McKenzie Dorn, who passed four months in Sogamoso, Colombia, working on the Zine Canoas program building paddles and canoes to be used in Lago de Tota. This program aims to educate people around the area that it is possible to use water transportation without having to harm the environment with motorized boats.

Watch as McKenzie describes his internship and its impact:






The interns are presently in the final phase of their internships where they are conducting public engagements activities across Canada covering issues from gender equality, the environment, and health, to education, small business development and agriculture.  Examples range from intern, Lori Saunders, being interviewed on Nuxalk Radio 91.1 FM, in Bella Coola, B.C., to Intern, Christina Da Costa, completing her second public engagement activity with the 100-mile diet using local and home-grown foods while discussing food security at her local friendship centre in Toronto.

If you, or anyone you know, wish to apply for this coming year’s internships, please visit our website.

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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.

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Source : Mary McGee, Communications Officer, Canada World Youth, 514 931-3526 # 336,

Interviews and information (photos available):

Mary McGee
1 800 605-3526 #336
514 931-3526 # 336