June 21, 2010
June 21 Story: Indigenous Youth helping Indigenous Youth
Who will know better than young people of the 49 First Nations communities in Ontario that make up the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) what is needed to help youth in these communities to become the strong, confident, and competent people that they can be? NAN has been working for more than a decade with the young people if its communities to identify the problems, needs, and solutions affecting indigenous youth.
Currently, PWRDF is partnered with NAN through the Girl Power and Wolf Spirit programs to empower young people in indigenous communities. Last year, over 200 young people in 10 communities participated in these leadership development programs. Over the years, youth have learned about issues of violence, suicide prevention, drug and alcohol abuse, leadership, and self-image through traditional teachings and medicines.
Your gift of $35 can train a leader to reach out to girls and boys across the Nishnawbe Aski Nation to build self-esteem and to teach them about violence and a spectrum of health issues.