#MYTRUExperience: Métis Youth Career Days @ TRU” event

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The MNBC Ministry of Youth is proud to announce the successful completion of the first #MYTRUExperience: Métis Youth Career Days at Thompson Rivers University. This event, which took place on May 10th and 11th 2018, provided opportunities for twenty-two (22) Métis youth to experience the post-secondary environment, gain insight into the different career pathways, and network with the Métis community. 

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.

Métis Culture was infused into the event at every opportunity. Of these cultural components, one of the most impactful was the work of the Two Rivers Métis Society Elders. Four incredible TRMS Elders - Raven Ritcey, Dory LaBoucane, Patrick Savard, and Sandi Hendry – put together a very fulsome cultural display at their ‘Métis Culture Sharing’ tables. We raise our hands to them for all of the time and effort that was put in to ensuring that Métis youth were able to learn more about Métis culture and history.

And to our other project partners, Thompson Rivers University and Lii Michif Otipemisiwak, we are so grateful for your support as the success of this event depended on it.

The MNBC Ministry of Youth looks forward to hosting more Métis Youth Career Days at TRU and other youth-related events in the future. If you are a Métis Youth (ages 15 to 30) and are interested in getting involved, please join the Métis Youth British Columbia Facebook page or check out our website at www.metisyouthbc.com!