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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

    Summer Youth Camp Opportunity: Niigan Mosewak (Walking Forward) Youth Camp

    Niigan Mosewak is a cost-free summer camp hosted by the O.P.P. Eastern Region Provincial Liaison Team (PLT) for at-risk Aboriginal youth that is centered around First Nation teachings with an equal amount of time spent on team-building, sports and camp activities.

    This is the third year that Niigan Mosewak will be offered. The camp will host thirty Aboriginal youth from across Eastern Ontario. Candidates may be referred by their communities, community services, school, police or the courts.

    It is both a youth diversion program and an at-risk youth program for youth ages 11-15.

    The program focuses on the delivery of key life skills, leadership development, healthy relationships, positive self-esteem and self-awareness education based on traditional cultural teachings. The goal of the program is to encourage youth to become role-models and leaders in their communities.

    The program will be held at Camp Smitty on beautiful Mink Lake just outside of Eganville, Ontario. The camp has food services, sleeping cabins, games areas, swimming area, high ropes course, canoes and sporting equipment. Visit the website: www.campsmitty.com

    Another goal of the camp is to foster a positive relationship between Aboriginal youth and police. The instructors are a combination of Aboriginal and non-aboriginal police officers, Elders, Aboriginal youth mentors and qualified Camp Smitty counsellors.

    The camp will be held from the 22nd to the 26th of August 2011. Participants will be picked up and dropped off by bus or by their parents/guardians.

    There is no cost for participants! To apply, complete the application form and send to:
    Ontario Provincial Police, Attention: Jerry Novack, 1913 Petawawa Blvd., Pembroke,Ont, K8A 7H5

    Participants will be selected and notified after the application submission deadline of July 1st.

    For more information contact camp administrators Jerry Novack (613-329-3117) jerry.novack@ontario.ca or Merisol Primeau (613-285-4157) merisol.primeau@ontario.ca