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The Feathers of Hope Team and the Ontario Child Advocate would like to extend an invitation to Northern Ontario First Nations young people to attend the Feathers of Hope: Health and Wellbeing youth forum being held at the Best Western Nor’Wester Hotel and Conference Centre in Thunder Bay, Ontario on May 28 – June 1, 2018.
Feathers of Hope speaks to the power and importance of hope. It is an initiative led by First Nations young people that has evolved into a continually growing collective voice for First Nations youth in Ontario. The forum will have representation from Northern Ontario’s First Nations communities, particularly, Grand Council Treaty #3, Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Robinson-Superior, and Independent First Nations.
The forum is designed to help young people participate in an open dialogue about how they want to sustain and improve their health and wellbeing. The forum was created in response to a recommendation in Feathers of Hope: A First Nations Youth Action Plan that was written by young people. Young people have said at previous Feathers of Hope forums that their physical, emotional, spiritual and mental wellbeing is important and needs to be supported by their families, community leadership and all levels of government. They want to be actively involved in creating positive change to improve the health and well-being of their peers and their communities. Toward meeting this goal, a key objective of the forum is to bring together youth and elders in the spirit of sharing and learning.
We are looking for youth aged 15 to 29 who have an interest in contributing their thoughts and ideas about creating positive change at the Feathers of Hope: Health and Wellbeing forum. We would like to ask if you could promote the forum with young people in your community and encourage them to register before Friday, April 13th, 2018. To ensure there is representation from as many communities as possible, up to two youth per community can participate in the forum. Youth can be living on/off reserve. Interested youth must complete the online Youth Registration Form. Preference will be given to young people who have not attended previous Feathers of Hope forums.
Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Youth under the age of 18 will require a chaperone who will be responsible for them for the duration of the forum. If two youth under 18 are attending from one community, only one chaperone is required. Chaperones must complete and submit the online Chaperone Request Form, by Friday, April 13th, 2018.
The most economical transportation and accommodation costs for youth and their chaperone will be covered by the Ontario Child Advocate. Meals will be provided for youth and chaperone attendees during the forum. Meals during travel days are the responsibility of the young person/chaperone. Please note that May 28 and June 1 are travel days.
To support forum attendees, first aid services, mental health and wellness supports will be provided for the length of the forum.
For further information, please call the Youth Amplifiers at the Ontario Child Advocate at (807) 624-1450 or email email@example.com.
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We thank you for your interest in Feathers of Hope.
The Feathers of Hope Team
Elton Beardy, Karla Kakegamic, Edward Narcisse & Desiree Towedo Youth Amplifiers – Feathers of Hope Ontario Child Advocate