Press Release – January 15 2020

Indigenous Youth from Across Canada making waves on Federal government policies

Toronto, Ottawa, Saskatoon, Regina— On Thursday, January 16th, CRE (Canadian Roots Exchange), an Indigenous non-profit operating across Canada, will officially launch its tuition-free Indigenous Youth Policy School (IYPS) for Indigenous youth, aged 18-29. Twenty-five participants from across Canada arrive in Toronto, Ontario – the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and Wendat Nations – to network with other Indigenous youth who share the same vision. Throughout its programming the IYPS will foster skills and opportunities for Indigenous Youth to impact policy decisions that matter to them, effectively communicate with Governments, Indigenous organizations, grassroots initiatives and develop Indigenous-led policy that influences mainstream governance structures.

“Over four days, these Indigenous youth will take the first step of a learning journey together that will last nine-months covering a broad range of topics related to Indigenous Policy,” says Max FineDay, executive director of CRE. “The aim is for the youth to build a strong network between themselves and other Indigenous Youth, have a voice in policy development, advocate on their own behalf to government and learn to take the first steps in changing systems that affect them.”

The weekend will be facilitated by Knowledge Keepers, subject matter experts, academics, and influential Indigenous leaders, including Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) President, Natan Obed and Chief Mark Hill of the Six Nations of the Grand River.

For its inaugural year, the IYPS will operate across four regions in Canada with local context integrated into each regional curriculum (Toronto, Ottawa, Regina and Saskatoon). During this time, the school will focus on cultivating strong partnerships that will contribute to developing a hub for government and non-government organizations to hire trained Indigenous youth policy innovators.

Highlights of the Indigenous Youth Policy School program include:

● Tuition-free learning environment accessible to all educational backgrounds;

● Mobilizing the next generation of influential Indigenous policy leaders;

● Increased employment opportunities for Indigenous Youth in policy fields;

● Experiential learning and expert guest speakers make up the core curriculum; and

● Indigenous youth will develop the tools to shape federal policies and to navigate the political system with confidence.

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For more information or to schedule an interview contact Eagleclaw Thom, CRE Canadian Roots

Exchange Communications Manager: 306-581-7455, eagleclaw@canadianroots.ca.