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Prospective members of the SN Youth Committee giving input.

Six Nations Youth Looking Forward with Formation of Youth Group

06/16/14 - OHSWEKEN -- On Thursday, June 5, a group of Six Nations youth had their second meeting to discuss the possible formation of a youth committee here in Six Nations. The group will be speaking at upcoming events in the community to raise awareness and to see if there are any other youth interested in joining. The next community event where the youth group will speak is the upcoming Solidarity Day celebration on June 21st in Chiefswood Park. The youth will have a booth set up and will be answering questions about their plans for the future.

There are about 10 youth that have been regularly attending the meetings. They are all committed to improving life in Six Nations and have begun by identifying initiatives and goals that they would like to follow through on and achieve. “We want to give other youth alternatives to drugs and alcohol and give them a chance to feel like they’re part of something. Something big,” says Raquel Johnson. While they’re still in the early stages of forming a core group, they’ve already come up with some great ideas for what they want to do.

Clockwise From Left - Elizabeth Longboat, Raquel Johnson, Mikenzie Sandy, Belynda Anderson, Kiana Sky, Shauntay Longboat, Timothy Martin, Kaylea Jamieson, Chelsey Johnson (Social Services), Guest Darren Thomas, Crystal St. Jean (Health Services), Brenda Johnson (Health Services)
Some initiatives that the youth are interested in include: preserving our language and culture; preventing young kids from being overweight and getting diabetes through the promotion of staying physically active and eating healthier traditional foods; partnering with youth from Caledonia to hold events that will heal old wounds; cleaning up the community; and getting involved with the First Nations fly-in communities in Northern Ontario to help them with their struggles.

The group is also looking into getting transportation for youth who can’t find a ride to meetings because they know transportation is one of the biggest barriers when it comes to getting people out to participate. “We know there are a lot of our friends who want to come out to the meetings, but they can’t because they either don’t have a ride, or they don’t live close enough to walk,” says Belynda Anderson. “We want to make sure we include everyone and that everyone has the opportunity to participate. We don’t want anyone to be left out because they can’t find a ride.”

The youth group will be having their next meeting on Thursday, July 3 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. in the Community Hall. There will be light snacks and refreshments available. If you’re interested in being involved or know someone who is, the youth group would like to invite you to attend their next meeting.

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