• First Nations Youth Leadership Camp: A Positive, One-of-a-Kind Experience
Oct 07, 2014
Quyon, Thursday, October 2, 2014 – A group of 45 First Nations youths aged 10 to 14 from communities throughout Quebec gathered together yesterday in Quyon, near Ottawa, for a one-of-a-kind experience. Gilbert Whiteduck, Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Chief, also a member of the Chiefs Committee, who is replacing the Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL), was on hand to welcome the youths to his Nation’s territory. He encouraged them to believe in their extraordinary potential and to make this adventure a memorable one.

Participants chosen for their motivation to get involved in their communities

The 45 youths representing several First Nations and communities (Algonquin, Mi’gmaq, Innu, Mohawk, Abenaki and Atikamekw) were selected by local committees.
For most of the campers, this stay in the magnificent Outaouais region is their first time away from home. Some seemed apprehensive about the idea, others reluctant to join in, but on the first morning of camp they all seemed happy to give it a try.

Six days to dream and discover new interests

A team of energetic and experienced counsellors will provide a caring, supportive environment placing emphasis on their individual strengths, positive and responsible behaviours. Workshops, cooperation, recreational, drama and cultural activities as well as team assignments will enable them to grow and reach their full potential. This is an opportunity par excellence to create a generation of socially engaged young people.

A collaborative undertaking

Drawing on 20 years of experience, the Breakfast Club of Canada is proud to share its expertise in reaching out to young people. “The Breakfast Club of Canada pulls out all the stops to achieve its mission of providing a healthy morning meal in a nurturing environment where self-esteem can flourish. The Club’s Breakfast Makes Me Shine program is designed to strengthen children’s skills and confidence. This Youth Leadership Camp is the concrete embodiment of these values. We are very proud to be working in collaboration with First Nations organizations to support their efforts,” said Daniel Germain, President and Founder of the Breakfast Club of Canada.

The New Pathways Foundation for the future of First Nations made a generous contribution to the funding of this First Nations Camp. “Our goal is to see the youths acquire the skills they need to develop and maintain good self-esteem and return home with the strength and courage that will allow them to achieve the goals they set for themselves and their community,” said New Pathways Foundation President Mickel Robertson.

This innovative project came about as a result of the efforts of partners such as the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC). “The FNQLHSSC has been proud to work with the New Pathways Foundation since its creation. This First Nations youths Camp is a project that I have cherished for several years. To see it come to life marks the beginning of new partnerships,” said FNQLHSSC Executive Director Marjolaine Siouï. “We have many young people, they are wonderful and they have their dreams. They are counting on all of us to help make those dreams come true through initiatives like the Youth Leadership Camp,” added Ms. Siouï.

Thank you to the many partners who contributed to this event:
Tim Horton Children’s Foundation
Exeko
Innu Meshkenu with Dr. Stanley Vollant
Air Canada Foundation
First Nations Education Council
Quebec First Nations communities
Aeroplan

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Sources: Sophie Arcand
Breakfast Club of Canada
450-641-3230, ext. 3324
sophie.arcand@breakfastclubcanada.org
Chantal Cleary
Agente de communications
418-842-1540
chantal.cleary@cssspnql.com