Equipping Urban Youth with Facilitation and Leadership Skills
In partnership with the Urban Aboriginal Strategy in Saskatoon, we’re running a four-month program that is giving urban youth opportunities to learn and lead.
The first weekend session, held in the fall of 2011, brought together 15 participants and half a dozen elders and cultural knowledge keepers. Participants ranged in age from 14 to 25 and included high school and post-secondary students as well as those working in the community. Elders and knowledge keepers shared stories emphasizing the importance of cultural practice and language as a way of laying a foundation for leadership development.
The sessions are enabling youth to develop and apply their leadership skills. For example, we taught them facilitation skills and techniques, which they are putting into practice as they plan, organize and deliver a youth community visioning session. The young leaders are responsible for seeking out youth in the community to participate in a one-day session where they will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned in the NCFNG workshops.
We hope to extend this pilot project to other urban centres across the country.