January 7th, 2015

Working Together to Support Youth Success – Youth Voices Forum

On February 13- 15, 2015, the Vital Outcome Indicators for Community Engagement (VOICE) Youth Community Circle and Brandon University are bringing together First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) youth from across Manitoba to share perspectives on youth success at the Working Together to Support Youth Success –Youth Voices Forum.

The conference is for youth leaders who are passionate about First Nations, Métis, and Inuit issues and who want to work with university researchers to build youth success and leadership. The forum will provide workshops on leadership, youth empowerment, and community-based research led by FNMI youth leaders and Brandon University (BU) Faculty of Education researchers. Delegates will receive training that develops capacity for youth-led community-based research so they can actively participate in creating research that builds on community strengths to develop strategies to improve youth leadership and success.

The Working Together to Support Youth Success –Youth Voices Forum is an initiative of the BU Centre for Aboriginal and Rural Education Studies VOICE Research Project. The goal of the VOICE Research Project is to help communities achieve success for children and youth, particularly from FNMI, northern and rural communities in Manitoba. Community engagement and the development of community-based research capacity are two primary goals of the project. The BU Faculty of Education has been instrumental in working with communities to identify indicators of success and build capacity that will support community-led research projects. The forum is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Brandon University, Vale and the University College of the North.

Michael Champagne, youth advocate and creator of ‘Meet me at the Bell Tower’ in the North end of Winnipeg, Manitoba, will be the keynote speaker. The forum will also be hosting a round dance for the youth to enjoy.

To see the preliminary conference program click here: Working Together to Support Youth Success_ Conference Program_(v6)_web

Conference photos:

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