The Youth Leadership Summit empowers indigenous youth by providing them with a once in a lifetime experience. After a successful 2018 Youth Leadership Summit in Ft Lauderdale Fl, we are excited to be offering this program again in 2020. Stay tuned for more info!
We continue to build on what we learned from YLS 2018 and are expanding the experience for the youth, as we maintain the three core values—health/wellness, non-violent communication, and culture exchange.
2018 YOUTH LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
In the winter of 2018 the first Youth Leadership Summit was successfully held in Ft Lauderdale, Florida.
A group of youth from Tsleil-Waututh Nation, BC, participated in the event.
YLS 2018 was comprised of 3 components: health/wellness, anti-bullying communication, and cultural exchange.
The youth participated in a variety of activities and workshops for anti-bullying and wellness education. They also had the opportunity to exchange cultural stories, songs and knowledge with some of the local Seminole Tribe members.
The experience was educational and succeeded in its main purpose, which was to inspire and motivate the youth in attendance.
The 2018 Youth
2018 YOUTH LEADERSHIP SUMMIT SPONSORS
In Honour of Leonard George
Elected Chief of Tsleil Waututh Nation (TWN)
Director of Economic Development TWN
Chief Negotiator TWN
Founder of Takaya Developments
Actor (Little Big Man, Smoke Signals…)
The late Leonard Henry George of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN) in North Vancouver, British Columbia was a man of many titles throughout his life: Elected chief of TWN, residential school survivor, spiritual leader, actor, director of economic development, chief negotiator, husband, father, and friend to many. Leonard illuminated the future for many Indigenous people not only in his community, but across the world.
TWN underwent drastic damaging changes after contact with colonial policies. In 1989, the unemployment rate on the TWN reserve hovered between 60% and 80%, and had pervasive substance abuse problems. Today, it is less than 3% – a change that can be traced to Leonard, through his instinctive business acumen, desire to create partnerships, and ability to see vast potential in his people. Adversity never stopped him, in any aspect of his life. He worked tirelessly and without complaint until the day he passed, constantly pushing the envelope to ensure the security of his people.
TWN now owns and operates several businesses, and has many ongoing real estate development ventures with business partners. One of the last major contributions Leonard made in his career was to help bring together the three nations —TWN, Squamish, and Musqueam (MST)—as a bargaining unit to secure an unprecedented First Nation land acquisition.
Taught by and having worked closely with spiritual and traditional elders, he demonstrated that incorporating the spiritual teachings when doing business with First Nations leads to success. He always advocated for our youth to be educated and build leadership skills that would sustain the Nation for generations to come—“The most important thing in development is the development of people”.
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By sponsoring this project, you are providing an opportunity for Indigenous youth to experience diverse culture, learn anti-bullying strategies, improve their health and fitness and develop strong leadership and career skills.
These youth will bring the tools they’ve learned through this experience into their communities and the workforce. They will become leaders and examples on how to excel in their chosen field, foster mutual respect and bring growth to their communities.
With the growing need for skilled workers and the rise of disease such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and depression there is no better time than the present to provide these programs. The skills that our youth will learn, can be used to combat these negative physical and mental conditions and foster positive and healthy life choices within our communities and the workforce.
Our mentors and collaborators are building a brighter and safer future for our Indigenous communities. Together with your support we can develop more leaders and provide more opportunities to enrich the lives of Indigenous youth for generations to come.