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Call for First Nations Youth Ambassadors for the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child

The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada (www.fncaringsociety.com) invites First Natons young people (ages 15-24) to apply for an opportunity to go to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child meeting in Geneva Switzerland!

What is this committee?
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child is the international group responsible for making sure countries, like Canada, keep the promises they make to all children and youth according to the document they signed called the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC).

For 5 days in February 2012

Geneva, Switzerland!!!


    To apply you must:

  • Be between 15 and 24 years old
  • Have a passport in time to travel
  • Be able to travel to Switzerland for 5 days in February 2012
  • Have you guardian's permission if you are under 18 years old, and have someone over 18 travel with you
  • Agree to document your visit on video, recording or in writing so you can share your experience with other people!
  • How do I apply?
    Click here for more information and to see the application form.
    Your application must be submitted by 4:30 pm Eastern Standard Time (Ontario time) on Tuesday November 1st, 2011.

    You can send your application via email or regular mail to:

    First Nations Youth Ambassador Contest
    First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada
    251 Bank Street, Suite 302
    Ottawa, ON
    K2P 1X3



    Become a Daughter Spirit in Action youth facilitator

    Daughter Spirit in Action is a project run through the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) as part of the National Aboriginal Suicide Prevention Strategy.

    The project supports mental health promotion training for Elders and youth with a focus on the value of mentorship and culture.

    Who should apply?

    • Dedicated Aboriginal youth and Elders who would like to learn more about mental health promotion and suicide prevention and who want to promote positive mental health in their communities.
    • For 2011-2012, NWAC is recruiting youth from Ontario, Saskatchewan and Manitoba

    What does this involve?

    • This is a volunteer position. As a volunteer, you will receive professional certified training in mental health promotion.
    • Volunteers must complete at least 10 community sessions. Once you have completed 10 sessions you will receive an official certificate of appreciation from NWAC and a letter of reference signed by NWAC's president.

    Application requirements:

    • 2 reference letters
    • 350 word letter of interest

    How to apply:

    Email your application to:
    Jade Harper, Manitoba Liaison at Jharper@nwac.ca

    Or mail it to:
    Native Women's Association of Canada
    1 Nicholas Street, 9th Floor
    Ottawa, ON
    K1N 7B7

    Application deadline is September 2, 2011

    For more information, CLICK HERE

    AFN and MissingKids.ca Announce Outreach to Aboriginal Families

    Partnering with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection and the Royal Canadian Police Force (RCMP), the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is starting an outreach program to let First Nations citizens know what resources are available not only for when children go missing but also how to prevent their getting lost in the first place.

    The measure was announced on February 21 on the first day of the AFN’s National Justice Forum.

    “We are announcing a joint effort to help ensure that all First Nations and aboriginal communities in Canada know where to turn when a child is missing,” said Christy Dzikowicz, director of MissingKids.ca, in a statement. “We are living in a more complex world, and our children are facing new risks. In addition to providing step-by-step guides and tools, MissingKids.ca’s specially trained staff is always there to support families in their search to find their missing child.”

    The Canadian government is supporting the initiative through its Department of Justice Victims Fund. The program enables the Canadian Centre for Child Protection to reach out to First Nations and Aboriginal people via several avenues.


    Source: Indian Country