2nd Annual SK Centre of Excellence Aboriginal Youth Leadership Symposium

The Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan (AFCS) is pleased to have hosted the 2nd Annual SK Center of Excellence Aboriginal Youth Leadership Symposium on February 16-20, 2015 at the Radisson Hotel in Saskatoon. This project supports the work of AFCS, who strive to improve the lives of urban Aboriginal people across Saskatchewan by providing culturally-relevant programs and services.

The symposium brought 16 Aboriginal youth from across the Province between the ages of 19-29, to work and learn from successful Aboriginal leaders in areas such as finance, governance, leadership strategies, wellness and traditional knowledge. The week was designed to be intimate, to inspire, and to give each youth the attention they deserve.

Facilitators included former Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Phil Fontaine, Senator Lillian Eve (Quan) Dyck, Independent Artist Errol Kinistino, Thomas Benjoe Commercial Account Manager - Aboriginal Banking, Nina Wilson Co-founder of Idle No More, Cathi Wilson-Loescher UAS Regional Development Planner, Michael Linklater former U of S Basketball Captain and a special visit from Interim Chief Kimberly Jonathan. A big thank you also to our Elders Maria and Walter Linklater for their teachings and wisdom. Also appearing to support the youth was Member of the Legislative Assembly Ms. Victoria Jurgens.

Ally Goodwill, 25, Regina; “Being an urban First Nations Woman, I am sometimes not surrounded by positive young leaders like myself, so this symposium refreshed my hopes and dreams that our generation is on the right track to make a difference for our people.”

George Nahpootican; “The medicine circle was also used last year where people would put something that meant something to them. It was used as medicine for the week and I think that’s a great concept. Don’t change that.”

The AFCS is grateful to our sponsors Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Federative Cooperatives, Saskatchewan Indian and Gaming Authority, Royal Bank of Canada, and the Ministry of First Nations & Metis Relations for funding AFCS to make the symposium an annual event.

Inquiries can be made to Gwen Bear, Executive Director of the AFCS. (306) 955-0762.


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