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The BC United Métis Youth Circle (BCUMYC) is an institution of governance for Métis Youth in British Columbia. The BCUMYC was originally formed in 1998 in response to community consultation sessions conducted by the Métis National Youth Advisory Council held throughout the Métis Nation Homeland. Since that time the BCUMYC has continued to implement youth governance within the Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC). In addition to establishing and developing the governance structure of the BCUMYC, the Committee also delivers programs in each community across the province.
The Department of Canadian Heritage (DCH) has created the Aboriginal Peoples’ Program (APP), which has three components to it. The BCUMYC is provided with funding through the Urban Multipurpose Aboriginal Youth Centres Initiative (UMAYC), which is part of the Aboriginal Communities Component of the APP.The UMAYC supports community-based culturally appropriate projects that are designed to improve the skills, knowledge and leadership of urban Aboriginal youth ages 15-24. Through access to culturally relevant programs and activities, Aboriginal youth strengthen their cultural identity and improve their participation in Canadian society.
The BCUMYC is committed to ensuring that Métis Youth are given the opportunity to participate in programs within their community that will expose them to Métis culture. These programs are a crucial part of instilling a sense of pride and belonging in Métis Youth. The BCUMYC requires that Métis youth not only participate in the program, but also are an active and equal part of the development and implementation of the program within their community.
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