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Canadian Roots Exchange: Indigenous Youth Pilot

Why?
Sept. 3, 2019 – Government announced an Indigenous Youth pilot project delivered by the Canadian Roots Exchange that incorporates some of the recommendations from the final report submitted to the government by the Indigenous Youth Council (youth advisors representing the voices of Inuit, Métis and First Nations youth with recommendations on how Indigenous youth want Call to Action # 66 implemented
Comment
The Indigenous Youth Pilot program is “a distinctions-based national network of Indigenous youth to help inform government policy and programs and support community events”. The government did not, however establish one of the key recommendations: establishing “Indigenous Youth Voices as a permanent, arms-length, non-profit, national agency with a mandate to inform, implement, and build on the TRC C2A # 66.

Prime Ministers Youth Council

Why?
Aug. 1, 2019 – Youth Council members are meeting in Iqaluit, Nunavut, this week for the Council’s first-ever meeting in Canada’s North. During the three-day meeting, council members will take part in local activities, including a service activity, traditional ceremonies, and meet with local Elders and Indigenous youth. 
Comment
While there, members will discuss important issues, including: 
– the need to advance reconciliation
– strengthen infrastructure in remote communities
– improve Northern food security
– protect Indigenous languages, nd
– support local businesses and Indigenous tourism.

Indigenous Economic Progress Report

Why?
June 10, 2019 – released today by the National Indigenous Economic Development Board (NIEDB). The Indigenous Economic Progress Report presents a thorough, in-depth analysis of the economic realities of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Using 13 measures, it assesses three core indicators: employment, income and community well-being. Using 19 additional measures, it also examines five underlying indicators of economic success: education, entrepreneurship and business development, governance, lands and resources, and infrastructure. It also recommends the development of youth-focused educational supports to help Indigenous peoples finish high school and continue on to post-secondary education, as well as skills development programs to help Indigenous employees of high-wage industries increase their earning potential in higher-paying roles.
Comment
Youth specific recommendations from the report include:
1. Entrepreneurship should be promoted and supported as a valid career option for youth through the mentorship and showcasing of Indigenous business leaders and ventures.
2. Government-funded Indigenous youth entrepreneurship/start-up financing should also include essential business services training and coaching/mentorship services. 
3. We specifically recommend that the Government create urban Indigenous healing and employment hubs; invest in basic education infrastructure; develop distance education training; create an alumni fund to enable mentorship; and invest in Indigenous scholarship funding to support post-secondary education. 
4. Given this strong influence of parents and family on education outcomes it is important to consider family and community when creating programs that promote education and employment skills for youth. Community inclusion in the development of programming will be essential. 

Indigenous Youth Council

Why?
June, 2018 – “Indigenous Youth Voices, A Roadmap to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Action # 66” is released by the three youth advisors representing the voices of Inuit, Métis and First Nations youth with recommendations on how Indigenous youth want Call to Action # 66 implemented.  The Report revolves around five main themes:
1. Acknowledging the past,
2. Healing
3. Improving Relations
4. Treaty and Land Claims and
5. Equity
The report proposes the establishment of Indigenous Youth Voices as a permanent, arms-length, non-profit, national agency, with a mandate to inform, implement, and build on the TRC Call to Action #66.
Comment
June, 2018 – The report also highlights immediate next steps for the government to fulfill the mandate of Call to Action # 66 including immediate and ongoing commitments as well as recommended Program areas of focus:
1. Identity, Language and Culture
2. Networking
3. Life promotion/Suicide Prevention /Mental Health Support
4. Two-Spirit/LGBBTQ2SIA – Focused
5. Sports
6. Health and Well-Being
7. Capacity Building for Youth Leaders
https://indigenouswatchdog.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/aba3f-final28229-indigenousyouthvoices-roadmaptotrc66-compressed.pdf

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