Aboriginal youth program addresses cultural issues

B.C. Métis communities have tapped into a unique program aimed at addressing some of the challenges facing aboriginal youth.

B.C. Métis communities have tapped into a unique program aimed at addressing some of the challenges facing aboriginal youth.

Fifteen Métis communities, including the Mid-Island Métis Nation/Alberni Clayqout Métis Association, have launched Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth to support culturally-focused, community-based, youth-led activities.

The program connects aboriginal youth with their culture, build self-confidence and self-esteem, motivate them to make positive life choices, and to participate in Canadian society.

Projects range from Métis traditional hunting camps, jigging workshops, canoeing, snowshoeing, horseback riding, moccasin making, capote (blanket) making and more.

“As Métis political leaders, we need to ensure we are meeting the needs of our Metis youth,” said Bruce Dumont, Métis Nation B.C. president.

According to the 2006 Census, of the nearly 60,000 Métis living in B.C., approximately 26,000 are Métis youth 24 years old and under.

For more information, please go to www.mnbc.ca.