Emerging Leadership Program Successfully Piloted in Atlantic Canada
Reconnecting to the Spirit in the Land—Youth Follow the Path of their Ancestors
“Creator has put us in a beautiful place”, reflected one young participant of the pilot of NCFNG’s Emerging Leadership Program. This summer, over 40 youth, elders, community leaders and members from the Membertou First Nation came together with a common goal of reconnecting to their traditional territories and building the capacity of young leaders. Through the delivery of this program, NCFNG aims to provide youth with the tools and activities that can help to build their leadership capacity while developing relationships between participants through experiencing their territories.
“The program provided a balanced blend of activities for youth in order to support them in the development of their visioning and leadership skills, and encouraged them to get and stay involved in community governance initiative in Membertou” shared Robin Vernest, NCFNG Atlantic regional officer. The excellent participation on behalf of elders, youth, and community members made this an outstanding event that created a lot of interesting discussion and increased the confidence of the youth, which they will surely require to get involved in governance issues and initiatives of the Nation.
NCFNG’s Emerging Leadership Manager, Pawa Haiyupis concludes that, “this program was designed to assist in cultivating knowledgeable, courageous, grounded and effective leaders, and the Centre looks forward to engaging more First Nations Youth in this exciting program.”