Youth Zone

Exploring Wellness through Culture
a Youth Empowerment Initiative


As First Nations people we have a legacy of health and wellness in our culture. This initiative gave us the opportunity to awaken the legacy and shine a light on the strength we have to pioneer our future. Engaging youth and elders created an environment that built spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical strength. The culture and teachings shared by elders and mentors as they shared their lives with us encouraged us to live a strong, healthy and balanced life.

Grant Initiative: “Winter Wellness Grant” from First Nations Health Authority – thank you. With this we were able to purchase tablets which were given to the youth to put their presentation together; after their final presentation the youth were gifted the tablets to assist them with future projects, school work, etc.

Who: 4 Youth ages 15 to 19

What: A four week program where youth built mentoring relationships with their peers, elders and teachers in our community who equipped them with tools and understanding of wellness within our culture. The final outcome is a presentation from the youth to the community on what wellness through culture means to them at a Celebration Luncheon on March 9, 2016.

Where: Nisga’a Lisims Government, Terrace Office – Thank you to our staff & NLG for supporting this initiative

When: January 11, 2016 to February 23, 2016

Time: Two sessions per week, from 4 to 6 pm over a 5 week duration

Program Objectives:

  • To build healthy relationships between youth and elders/mentors/teachers

  • To increase the cultural understanding of youth and how it applies to building a healthy life

  • To increase physical literacy in youth/elders through incorporating Fit Nation

  • To incorporate the use of technology to build leadership skills

  • To inspire youth/community members to be life-long learners of their culture and to incorporate it into their lives

Thank you to everyone who supported the initiative:

Youth: Arianna Robinson, Dakota Gray, Corwin Fisher, Natalie Venus
Elders: Larry Derrick, Diana Smith, Louisa Gray, Gerald Robinson
Youth Leaders: Teanna Ducharme, Leilani Wright
Workshop facilitator: George Verde
Staff at Terrace Nisga’a Office
FNHA for the grant
School District 92
for donating 4 culture books

Today marks a special day when students recieve special honour awards for the 1st Semester. There were 70 awards handed out to students at the Nisga'a Elementry Secondary School. Keep up the great work!

Sa’amhl wilsim!

What’s It About

Forum is about one week that may very well change the rest of your life.

It’s about giving smart and engaged 15 – 19 year olds a chance to experience Parliament Hill and supports them in using their voice. In Ottawa, on the Hill, with other equally dynamic youth.

It’s about getting inside—deep inside—Canadian politics and public affairs and seeing what running the country looks like up close. It’s about learning how to collaborate and share ideas, then turn them into real community action.

Beyond the history books, beyond the news channel and beyond classroom debates, there’s a lot to discuss. Your voice can make an impact now.

Forum is also about inspiring youth to understand the dynamics and issues of their communities for three month before coming to Ottawa. For six months after their Ottawa experience youth are supported in having an impact and expanding their networks.

If you have ideas, if you think, read and talk about what’s going on in the world. If you have something to say—say it at Forum. Be a Voice.

Read further at the Forum website to see how you can participate!

http://forum.ca/the-program/

The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) currently has a Family Day photo/video contest, with a deadline of January 24 for submissions.

Read further information at the link below:

http://www.nisgaanation.ca/news/bcaafc-family-day-photovideo-contest

It was a journey of a lifetime for two Nisga’a Youth that travelled to South Africa in early October.

Brenna Doolan of Gingolx is Ksim Gisk’aast from Wilps W’ii Laxha and Leilani Wright of Gitlaxt’aamiks is Ksim Laxgibuu from Wilps Duuk’.  Both currently reside in Terrace and ventured to Johannesburg, South Africa to participate in World Equip 2015.

Read more about Brenna and Leilani at the link below:

http://www.nisgaanation.ca/news/2-nisgaa-youth-journey-south-africa

 

Pictured is Kleanza in her 400 im at far westerns on her way to qualifying for canadian age group nationals in the event. 

Nisga’a Lisims Government is proud to have supported Kleanza Cathers from Gingolx to compete in the Far Western Championship swim meet in San Jose, California. There were 1,700 of some of the best swimmers in their respective age groups from across Canada, USA and Mexico in attendance.

 

Kleanza, 13 years of age, competed extremely well in the 13–14 girls division. She swam to her personal best times, and attained two more tough national time standards for her age group, for a total of three personal best times. Kleanza is only the second swimmer from northwest BC to qualify in three swims for age group nationals.

 

The Far Western Championship meet is consistently one of the fastest age group meets in the USA. In its tenth decade, the Far Western Championships saw Olympic and World Champions, including US Olympic Champion Michael Phelps, compete in it as age group swimmers.

 

Her mother, Laverne Cathers (maiden name Smythe), provided us with a photo of Kleanza swimming in the 400 metre event on her way to qualifying for the Canadian age group nationals in the event.

 

Laverne went on to state, “We just wanted to say a big thank you for your support of Kleanza…” Nisga’a Lisims Government provided a financial contribution to support Kleanza’s participation in the event from the Sports and Recreation fund, which is open to application from all Nisga’a citizens, particularly our youth, who are competing in sporting events.

 

Our congratulations to Kleanza for achieving these amazing milestones.

Si’aamhl wilin Kleanza – continue to swim well!

On October 17, 2015, Billy Morrison of Laxgalts'ap BC won his fight 17 seconds into first round in Battlefield Fight League 39 (Halloween Hell). It was at Vancouver Hardrock Casino where many Battlefield fans came out to see the Event "Halloween Hell". Morrison came out holding his flag with pride as he took to the cage fearless, determined and ready for whatever they put in front of him. As in ready? Morrison trains 6 days a week 4 - 6 hours a day.  

Morrison who is Ganada from Wilps Axdii Wil Luugooda says more at the link below:

http://www.nisgaanation.ca/news/mma-fighter-billy-morrison-wins-17-secon...

Youth Organizing Youth 2nd  Annual Nass River Expedition this August | September 2015

  • Young Men’s Empowerment Expedition August 24 – 28, 2015
  • Young Women’s Empowerment Expedition August 31 – September 4, 2015
  • Nisga’a Youth Ages 15 – 18 years Sign up Today:
  • Brought to you by Nisga’a Lisims Government and Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition
     
    Read further information on how you may participate at the following link:

http://www.nisgaanation.ca/news/lisims-river-rafting-expedition-2015

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