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Matachewan First Nation is looking for students interested in a summer job as a ranger. As part of the First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program, successful applicants will work for Outland Reforestation Inc in natural resources based training and educational activities six days a week for seven weeks.
How to apply:
For more information, click here.
Every summer the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources runs the Aboriginal Youth Work Exchange Program which gives Aboriginal youth (age 15 to 24) the opportunity to work for 8 weeks for the Ministry. Successful applicants stay with the program for three summers during which time they will also complete an exchange component between the Ministry of Natural Resourcse and a First Nation community or Aboriginal organization.
The Aboriginal Youth Work Exchange Program website lists all of the jobs that are currently available. Each posting has the job title, location, number of positions available and who/where you should send your application. If one of the positions looks good to you, send that person/organization your resume and a coverletter. Most postings include a mailing address, fax number and email address.
There are no specific application deadlines for these positions, but don't wait too long! As the positions are filled the postings will be removed from the website.
Click here to go to the website, where you can also watch a video of previous participants in action!
Kashechewan First Nation Youth Video Project is a finalist for the prestigious 2012 Great Grants Awards.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation today announced that Kashechewan First Nation Youth Video Project is a finalist for the prestigious 2012 Great Grants Awards. The awards recognize Ontario organizations that have demonstrated exceptional results, innovation and a lasting impact on the communities they serve.
Kashechewan First Nation Youth Video Project has been selected as a finalist in the arts and culture category. A total of eight 2012 Great Grants Awards recipients will be recognized in the presence of Hon. Michael Chan, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, at a ceremony in Toronto on March 23.
Kashechewan First Nation Youth Video Project
In this remote community on the James Bay Coast, youth are challenged as many face a high school drop-out rate, drug and alcohol consumption and a high risk of suicide. The prospect of employment is low, so acquiring skills that can be used locally is potentially life changing. Thanks to training with a video expert, the young participants came together for a common purpose, engaging the whole community in the process on issues important to youth. They learned how to produce, shoot, edit and screen videos, and produced five videos - far exceeding expectations. This collaboration with the Kashechewan First Nation, the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation and with SkyWorks left in its wake youth empowered with revenue-generating skills, boosted confidence, pride in themselves and a stronger connection to their community.
Kashechewan First Nation Youth Video Project was awarded a Community grant of $27,000 in 2009.
"We are very proud of the Kashechewan First Nation Youth Video Project and are excited that, with this nomination, its work in the community will now be acknowledged across Ontario. Its efforts go to the heart of the Foundation's own work: to support good ideas and help foster community connections that improve people's quality of life." Keith Nymark, Chair of Northwestern Grant Review Team, OTF.
"The Ontario Trillium Foundation grant that Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) received for the videography project for youth in Kashechewan First Nation went a long way in making this project a huge success. The purpose of this project was to support the youth of Kashechewan First Nation by helping them gain experience in writing scripts, producing and editing videos. It did that and more. It went a long way in boosting their confidence and empowered the youth to make change in the community."
• Ontario Trillium Foundation Great Grants Award finalists were selected from among some 4,500 groups that received OTF support between April 2006 and December 2010
• Photo of Kashechewan First Nation Youth Video Project at http://otf.ca/en/newsCentre/gg_finalists_2012.asp#kashechewan
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Castlemont Business and Information Technology School in East Oakland has a drop-out rate of 1 in 2 students, but they are trying to improve students' options and outcomes by promoting and teaching resilience skills.
By Beatrice Motamedi
Sonny Assu and other First Nations artists go hip and urban, challenging stereotypes at a new Vancouver Art Gallery show
Sonny Assu is a child of the ’80s who spent his formative years soaked in television, sugar, and Spider-Man comics. Describing his youth with his Kwakwaka’wakw mother and grandparents in the suburbs of North Delta, the 36-year-old artist, who recently relocated from Vancouver to Montreal, speaks fondly of “reading comic books and [watching] movies and advertising and Star Wars, and [eating] sugary cereals.…All that stuff was as much my culture as my traditional heritage was.”
His art, a kind of hybrid of aboriginal and pop, could not come out of any other upbringing. Assu is perhaps best known for his Coke Salish piece (the words Enjoy Coast Salish Territory spelled out in the iconic Coca-Cola script) and his riff on familiar cereals, boxes boasting names such as “Treaty Flakes” and “Salmon Loops”, which, at first glance, could easily be mistaken for their Post and Kellogg’s counterparts.
“It’s definitely really interesting to see that this urban aboriginal identity is really starting to take hold—which is really indicative of what the conditions are like in Canada, because most aboriginal people do live in urban settings,” he observes, in conversation with the Straight in the VAG library.
The always witty and often cheeky Assu, an Emily Carr University of Art + Design grad, is fast gaining recognition for works that use pop-culture references and biting satire to bring attention to First Nations issues. He is also part of what could be dubbed a new wave of aboriginal artists—highlighted in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Beat Nation exhibition—melding urban, street, and hip-hop culture with their traditional heritage. These young artists are ushering in a new kind of culture, redefining what it is to be Native in a media-saturated world, and challenging stereotypes with double-edged humour.
Source: First Perspective