• First leadership camp for the First Nations youth of Québec : a video that shows a unique experience full of discovery and dreams!
Feb 04, 2015

First leadership camp for the First Nations youth of Québec : a video that shows a unique experience full of discovery and dreams!

From October 1 to 6, 2014, 45 youth aged 10 to 14 from 16 communities across Quebec were given the opportunity to enjoy an extraordinary experience and participate in the first leadership camp for First Nations youth in Quyon, near Ottawa.

The video, which was produced in collaboration with the First Nations Education Council (FNEC), shares their unique experience.

Throughout the camp, a team comprised of dynamic facilitators and experienced counsellors supervised the youth in a nurturing environment where the focus was placed on the strengths of the participants and where positive and responsible behaviours were highly valued.

The camp will have allowed the youth to experience a variety of workshops and activities focused on discovery, cooperation, sports and drama. A cultural component including sharing circles with a talking stick, drum songs and other elements will have given the youth an opportunity to grow and thrive in their own cultural environment.

Surprises that gave them wings


As of the second day of the camp, the youth had the opportunity to meet Dr. Stanley Vollant during his "Innu Meshkenu" walk. In addition to walking a few kilometres with him and his news crew and discussing and discovering his journey, Dr. Vollant was a source of great motivation for all.

On the evening of October 3, Algonquin singer Samian, who is an idol for lots of them, surprised many with his presence. He shared a wonderful message of hope and gave his latest album to each youth as a gift. He also offered them an autograph session that many youth will not soon forget.

A great initiative based on collaboration and engagement

Bolstered by its experience gained over the last twenty years, the Breakfast Club shared its expertise related to youth engagement. The New Pathways: Foundation for the future of First Nations contributed generously to the funding of the First Nations youth leadership camp. "We want the youth to acquire the skills they need to develop and maintain a healthy self-esteem so that they can return home with the strength and courage to achieve the goals they have set for themselves and their communities" said Mickel Robertson, President of the New Pathways Foundation. What a great way to support a generation of socially engaged youth!

Click here watch the video.

This innovative project was made possible thanks to the partners’ financial contributions and the New Pathways Foundation would like to express its sincere gratitude to them:

  • First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission
  • Breakfast Club of Canada
  • Tim Horton Children’s Foundation
  • Exeko
  • Innu Meshkenu with Dr. Stanley Vollant
  • Air Canada Foundation
  • First Nations Education Council
  • Quebec First Nations communities
  • Aeroplan