MNOYC Hosts 6th Annual Youth Leadership Conference in Toronto
September 22, 2022
In the days leading up to the 29th Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Annual General Assembly, over 100 Métis youth from across the province met in downtown Toronto for the 6th annual Métis Youth Leadership Conference.
The “Exploring Culture Through Creation” themed conference was held from August 16-18, 2022 highlighting the vital importance of youth leadership, and the many artistic accomplishments and contributions from the Métis community. In addition to panel discussions and special presentations, a variety of creative workshops were led by community leaders and artists on beadwork, screen-printing, fish scale art, and more.
Also in attendance at the Conference were delegates and dignitaries from across the nation, including guests and leadership from Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. MNO President Margaret Froh and MNO Senator Suzanne Brunelle provided welcoming remarks, as well as greetings from MNO Youth Council (MNOYC) President Jordyn Plane and Métis National Council President Cassidy Caron.
The conference also featured an awards ceremony to recognize the contributions of an outstanding Métis youth.
“The Youth Leadership Award was created to uplift and celebrate Métis Youth across Ontario,” shares MNOYC President Jordyn Plane.
“It honours the dedication, hard work and time young people across the province put forward to advance, advocate for, and celebrate Métis people. The award further recognizes the strength and resilience of young Métis people in Ontario and uplifts their pursuit to achieve their highest potential.”
Avaline Booth of the Grand River Métis Council was presented this year’s Youth Leadership Award for her exemplary efforts in the Ontario Métis community.
The MNO thanks all those who participated in the sixth annual Métis Youth Leadership Conference for their hard work and their dedication to empowering and amplifying the voices of Métis youth.
For more details and an agenda for this year’s MNOYC Youth Leadership Conference click here.