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:
- to bring together Indigenous youth from across Canada, to consult with Elders and other resource people regarding concerns of youth.
- to discuss, voice concerns and advocate for urban Indigenous Youth.
- to promote and enhance cultural awareness and identity of urban Indigenous youth.
- 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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