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MYBC and Ministry of Youth
The MNBC Ministry of Youth (MOY), works in partnership with the Métis Youth British Columbia (MYBC) Committee who is a democratically elected and volunteer-driven governing body that represents and advocates on behalf of Métis youth at the community, provincial, and national level. MYBC has established a governance structure that is unique and exceptional in its nature. The information provided by MYBC influences The Ministry of Youth (MOY) program and event planning, which MOY staff coordinates and oversees to support Métis Youth. These two entities work closely together to ensure that Métis Youth needs are addressed, and that youth are involved and engaged in all levels of governance, both within and outside of the Métis Nation British Columbia. The MOY mandate is to provide B.C. Métis Youth 15-30 years old with culturally relevant programs and events, to revitalize and ensure the longevity of Métis culture and community.
Métis Youth British Columbia (MYBC) is composed of seven (7) Regional Youth Representatives and one (1) Provincial Youth Chairperson; the members of the Committee are elected by Métis youth in their regions. From these eight (8) positions, an Executive is formed.
The Provincial Youth Chairperson holds a voting seat on the MNBC Board of Directors and is the Minister Responsible for Youth (and any other Ministry appointed by the President of MNBC). As political representatives for MYBC, the seven elected members that represent each Region work with their respective Community Youth Representatives to ensure MYBC stays connected with the needs of youth across the province.
MYBC strives to inspire and empower all Métis youth to proudly own their gifts, talents, and important cultural heritage. MYBC provides Youth with the opportunity to become the leaders of today and tomorrow to build a proud, self-governing, and sustainable Métis Nation.
The seven Regions represented by the MYBC Committee of Representatives include:
- Region 1: Vancouver Island
- Region 2: Lower Mainland
- Region 3: Thompson/Okanagan
- Region 4: Kootenays
- Region 5: North Central
- Region 6: North West
- Region 7: Northeast
Programs & Events
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.
MY ECO ACTION
The goal of this program is to establish and maintain meaningful relationships with all Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth. Youth will have the opportunity to learn how to become supporters and advocates in Reconciliation through cultural land-based perspectives. All participants will have the opportunity to connect with Métis Elders and Knowledge Keepers while learning the traditional ways of the land. Youth participants will identify what meaningful land-based service opportunities look like. Youth who complete the 120 hours of required service through land-based volunteering, will be eligible to attend the all-expenses paid trip to Winnipeg for Louis Riel Day Celebrations in February 2021. Youth will also have the opportunity to attend the Closing Ceremony hosted in Surrey, March 2021.
PROVINCIAL 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.
#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.
METIS COMMUNITY SOCIAL WORKER PROGRAM
FOLLOW MY LEAD
Follow M(étis) Y(outh) Lead is a pilot program coordinated by the Ministry of Youth of Métis Nation British Columbia with funding from The Government of Canada. Follow MY Lead aims to establish and maintain respectful relationships with and between all Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth. This program began by creating meaningful opportunities for youth to discuss and learn how to become supporters and advocates of Reconciliation at the “Reconciliation Forum”; held in May of 2019. Participants then committed to ongoing volunteer opportunities within their communities which allowed them to become agents for change and work towards Reconciliation in Canada! Youth who completed the 120 required volunteer hours were eligible to attend an all-expenses-paid celebration trip to Winnipeg for Louis Riel Day Celebrations in February of 2020.
We are honored to have Metis Elders attend each of our events and begin each event with a prayer to ground ourselves in our culture.
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