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“Exiting Routes Project” Youth Forum

by NationTalk on April 12, 2008600 Views

April 16 & 17, 2008
Ramada Hotel and Convention Centre
1818 Victoria Ave., Regina SK

The goal of this project is to create a resource guide of services available to the youth in Regina. This youth forum is free to attend with lunch and nutrition breaks provided. We would like to see plenty of youth in attendance.The keynote speaker will be Clayton Thomas-Muller. Clayton is of the Mathais Colomb Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba and is an activist for Indigenous rights and environmental justice.

For ten years as an organizer, Clayton has gained vast experience in grassroots movement building, organizational development (fund raising), and strategic campaign planning and policy development. With his roots in the inner city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Clayton’s humble beginnings came from fighting against disparities in the Aboriginal community as a result of poverty and Winnipeg’s youth gang epidemic. He co-founded the youth organization known as Aboriginal Youth with Initiative (AYII) and served as the organizations executive director for two years. The Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Awards recognized Clayton’s leadership skills and his devotion to community development in 1997, when he was presented with the Senior Community Volunteer Award.

Clayton went on to achieve many accomplishments as a youth leader in the Aboriginal community. He was cofounder of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Youth council as well as the architect behind the National Assembly of First Nations National Youth Advisory Council. As youth spokes person for the Assembly of First Nations he chaired the AFN National Youth Conference in Ottawa, Ontario Canada in 1999, were the first elections of the National First Nation Youth Council were held. As national youth spokes person of the Assembly of First Nations, Clayton was instrumental in the development and design of initiatives such as the Urban Aboriginal Youth Multi Purpose Center Initiative (UMAYC), a fund that to this day is sponsoring hundreds of Aboriginal youth initiatives across Canada.

For a peek at the agenda, click HERE.

For more information about the forum, call Gail at (306) 924-8424 or toll free at 1-877-210-7622

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