Youth Conference & Children’s Gathering 2016

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The Metis Nation of Alberta and University of Alberta will be hosting a Youth Conference at the 88th Annual General Assembly on Friday, August 5th, 2016 from 9 am to 3 pm.

This year’s Youth Conference “Engaging Youth on Governance and Relationship Building”, will be facilitated by Shalene Jobin and Kirsten Lindquist from the University of Alberta, Faculty of Native Studies.  The agenda for the day is as follows:

9:00  Welcome and Introduction
9:30  “Engaging Youth on Leadership and Governance- 2015 Youth Gathering” Report on Findings
10:00 Break
10:15  Developing a Youth Framework in Alberta
12:00  Lunch
1:00   Developing Healthy Relationships, Networks and Communication Skills
3:00  Wrap Up

It is important to note that the primary objective of the morning session is to develop the framework to develop the youth council for presentation to this year’s assembly as per the Ordinary Resolution #1.

This year’s youth conference will continue on the exciting work of developing a Métis Nation of Alberta youth council. Young people at the previous year’s conference shared wise ideas about Métis youth decision making, and this year, we will be working with attendees to develop a model that works for the young leaders of the Métis Nation of Alberta. Some of the recommendations from last year included offering skills building and learning activities that reflect Métis culture, language, learning more about our connection to land, building healthy relationships, and learning about tools and strategies to lead healthy lives and communities. During the afternoon of this year’s conference, we will have hands on interactive carnival to explore these themes.

The Metis Nation of Alberta will additionally host a Children’s Gathering at the 88th Annual General Assembly on Friday, August 5th and Saturday, August 6th from 9 am to 4 pm both days. Children will learn how to play the fiddle in preparation for a grand finale performance at the AGA evening banquet on Saturday!

Registration for both the youth conference and children’s gathering is available at http://bit.ly/mnalbertayouth or by emailing Cordene Gerlat at cgerlat@metis.org