Provincial Métis Youth Forum
The Annual Forum to date has brought together over 70 Métis Youth delegates, as well as chaperones, Elders and various facilitators. The Forum provides opportunities for Métis Youth to network with other Youth from across the province while learning more about their Métis culture and engaging in various workshops.
The Proud of Our Skills – A Métis Youth Forum, took place from February 5th to 8th, 2016 in Parksville, BC
Embracing Our Future– A Métis Youth Forum, took place from November 18th-21st, 2016 in West Kelowna, BC
Revitalizing Our Culture (ROC) Youth Forum, took place from October 27th- 30th, 2017 in Campbell River, BC
Revitalizing Our Culture (ROC) Youth Forum, taking place from August 19th- 22nd, 2018 in Campbell River, BC
The overall goal of the Forum is to enhance each attendee’s leadership and employment skills and offers Youth delegates the opportunity to learn more about themselves and their culture. Past workshops have included- An Introduction to Culinary Arts, the FirstHost Tourism Program, Building Skills for Self-Awareness, Managing Conflict, First Aid CPR Level C, Finding Work in the 21st Century, Healthy Eating 101, Miyo Machihowin: Good Health, as well as a variety of cultural workshops like Ask an Elder, bead looming, porcupine quilling and more.
Check out the Revitalizing Our Culture (ROC) Forum video from 2017!
Watch the Proud of Our Skills Métis Youth Forum Video from 2016:
Métis Community Support Worker (MCSW) Program
MNBC's Ministry of Youth is excited to begin the Métis Community Support Worker (MCSW) Program at the University of the Fraser Valley. We have an incredible cohort of 18 Métis learners who are dedicated to creating a brighter future for themselves, their families and their community. This program will help Métis participants get the skills and knowledge they need to find secure and meaningful employment, while giving back to their community,
The program will help students complete their adult upgrading and post-secondary courses, leading to a certificate as a social and community support worker. Students will benefit from a full range of educational and wraparound services, including cultural elements and Elder supports, to ensure student success.
The MCSW Program funding is provided by the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada, through the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund.
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Unified Aboriginal Youth Collective
The Unified Aboriginal Youth Collective (UAYC) is a consortium of Aboriginal youth representative bodies and organizations in British Columbia. The purpose of the UAYC is to unify the diverse groups of Aboriginal youth in British Columbia to establish a common voice. Current members of the UAYC include: BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres - Provincial Aboriginal Youth Council (PAYC); BC Assembly of First Nations; First Nations Youth Council of BC Association; and Métis Nation British Columbia - Métis Youth British Columbia (MYBC)
The UAYC’s objectives are to build positive relationships among BC Aboriginal groups; support and create opportunities to develop and enhance Aboriginal youth leadership; advocate for youth representation and participation within the Province of British Columbia; represent Aboriginal youth voices in a working relationship with governing bodies in areas of legislation, policy, initiatives, programs, and services; and increase and support capacity for the continued growth of Aboriginal youth initiatives, leadership and institutions of governance.
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Sashing our Warriors
Métis Nation BC's Ministry of Youth and Ministry of Women collaborated on the grassroots movement's calling attention to the impacts of violence against Métis Women and Girls.
Sashing Our Warriors is a holistic grassroots campaign that was created to educate and help communities to gain awareness of the need to prevent further violence against Métis women and girls. The campaign will support individuals and the community to heal and rebuild as a whole through a sashing ceremony representative of the Métis culture.
By wearing your Warrior sash, you commit to honouring, respecting and protecting the Métis women and girls in your life.
COLOURS OF THE WARRIORS SASH - MEANINGS
Respecting and honouring our ancestors and life givers provides strength and comfort.
Promising to protect, love and nurture the women and girls in our lives.
Warriors taking a stand to prevent violence against women and girls.
Connecting to the earth and our creator.
Each card includes two lapel sashes so that each individual can wear one as well as gift one to another Warrior in an effort to recognize them for their contributions to end violence against women and girls.
#MYTRUExperience: Métis Youth Career Days is a collaborative program that is designed to increase Métis youth awareness of post-secondary programs. This event provided opportunities for twenty-two (22) Métis youth to gain insight into the different career pathways, and to network with the Métis community and learn about their culture
While at the event, Métis youth participants were encouraged to:
- Create a wellness plan with Métis professor, Dr. Natalie Clark, and learn more about the Faculty of Education and Social Work;
- Decorate a delicious treat in a commercial kitchen and learn more about the Faculty of Adventure, Culinary Arts, and Tourism;
- Listen to a presentation on ‘Resilient Métis Women: The Arts and Métis Reconciliation’ shared by Keynote Speaker and Métis Artist/Author, Leah Dorion;
- Learn to jig with Métis Elders while dancing to a live fiddler band;
- Participate in hands-on piping trades activities and learn more about the School of Trades and Technology;
- Recreate the salmon tagging and tracking process in Kenna Cartwright Park using Radio Telemetry practices;
- Partake in a Métis Elder-led Sashing Ceremony to honor their initial steps towards post-secondary education; and
- Enjoy a jigging performance put on by the Buffalo Gals who also offered youth another incredible opportunity to learn more jigging steps.
Did you know?
The fiddle was historically the main musical instrument of the Métis people. Fiddling is a barless structure that uses only a small part of the bow, creating a bounce to the tune that is typical in Métis music.