Aboriginal Youth Council

The Aboriginal Youth Council (AYC) was established in 1994 to bring Indigenous youth views, concerns, and issues to the national level. The AYC is comprised of 13 members including a four-member Executive Committee, a youth executive member, and eight provincial/regional representatives.

The AYC brings a unified youth voice that helps guide the Friendship Centre Movement in several youth priority issues as well as provides a youth presence in the decision-making process of the Friendship Centre Movement.



To create positive change for Friendship Centre youth through inclusion, empowerment and culture by: increasing communication; increasing training and development opportunities; increasing youth involvement both internally and externally to the Friendship Centre Movement; Facilitating the development of youth leaders; providing awareness on issues facing urban Indigenous youth; encouraging and supporting the on-going spiritual, mental, emotional and physical development of urban Indigenous youth; Involving youth at all levels of the Friendship Centre Movement both internally and externally; and, preserving and promoting our culture and heritage.


Responsibilities of the AYC are as follows:
  1. to bring together Indigenous youth from across Canada, to consult with Elders and other resource people regarding concerns of youth.
  2. to discuss, voice concerns and advocate for urban Indigenous Youth.
  3. to promote and enhance cultural awareness and identity of urban Indigenous youth.
  4. to provide representation for urban Indigenous youth at a national level.

The AYC defines youth as being between the ages of 14-24.

If you’re interested in filling one of the Vacant AYC positions, please get in touch and we can point you in the right direction!


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Executive Committee

  • Desarae Bilinski



    Vice President



  • Shelby Provost


  • Jenna Chisholm

    Youth Executive

Regional Representatives

  • Dakota Lafferty


  • Shyla Elgie

    British Columbia

  • Keisha LaRiviere


  • Shayna Burnouf


  • Sarah Shuttleworth






  • Alyse Duffney