October 21, 2016

MYBC Programs & Initiatives

Provincial Métis 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

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.

Watch the Proud of Our Skills Métis Youth Forum Video:

Métis Youth Industry Training (MY-IT)

The Métis Youth Industry Training (MY-IT) is a collaborative program that is designed to increase Métis youth awareness of trades-based careers in British Columbia. Youth have the opportunity to participate in one of six (6) post-secondary events each year that are held in various locations across the province. The sessions combine hands on practical workshops and training with information about obtaining a career within a specific trade. This combination allows youth participants to learn the necessary information about the particular trade they are interested in, including the necessary educational requirements and career prospects to enter the field.

Métis Youth Group Employment & Training Strategies (MYGETS) Program

MNBC provided funding in 2015-2016 fiscal year under the Métis Youth Group Employment & Training Strategies (MYGETS) Program to 11 Métis Chartered Communities and Métis Youth serving organizations. In the 2016-2017 fiscal year, MNBC was also able to provide funding to 9 Métis Chartered Communities. The funding was provided to host culturally relevant employment events for youth between the ages of 15 and 24. The MYGETS events provided Métis youth with opportunities to cultivate important skills that are valued in the workforce. These Community based MYGETS programs:

- Offer programs that support Métis youth in reducing barriers to their participation in the economy through employment and training events.
- Offer cultural programming for the preservation and revitalization of strong Métis identities.
- Provide projects that enable Métis youth to realize their leadership skills and potential.
- Provide the community the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishment of Métis Youth at a traditional Métis Kitchen Party.

Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program

A brand new program for MNBC, in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Aboriginal Entrepreneurship (CCAE) provided three (3) regional 2-day entrepreneurship training sessions in the Lower Mainland, Thompson/Okanagan and Vancouver Island. This training provided Aboriginal Youth entrepreneurs with the skills and tools necessary to assist them in developing viable business ideas and plans. After the initial training, each participant is provided with a mentor and partakes in a graduation ceremony to showcase their business plan and can apply for micro-loans through Vancity and All Nations Trust.

Unified Aboriginal Youth Collective

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 amongst 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.

The 4R's Youth Movement

Métis Youth British Columbia participates as a National Métis Youth Representative on the 4R’s Youth Steering Committee. Métis Youth British Columbia was supported unanimously by the Métis National Council Board of Governors to support the voice of Métis Youth across the Country.

The name of the group, 4Rs ≈ For Ours, reflects our shared values as young leaders and those of our adult allies. We come from diverse indigenous and non-indigenous backgrounds, communities and walks of life. The 4Rs are: Respect, Reciprocity, Relevance and Reconciliation.

For more information about 4R’s and how you can get involved visit www.4rsyouth.ca


Did you know?

Fort St. James is the longest established non-First Nation community in BC. Simon Fraser and his Métis voyagers established the fort in 1806.