The Secwepemc Youth Council is an opportunity for aboriginal youth from the ages of fourteen to twenty nine, to learn and develop leadership skills with the help of peers and adult supporters. The Secwepemc Youth Council nominates a representative who attends the Council of Chiefs’ meetings and has a voting position at this table. The purpose of the Secwepemc Youth Council is to guide our youth in areas of leadership, governance, title and rights issues, culture, traditions and overall well-being as the future generation of the Secwepemc nation. The Youth Council strives to foster strong confident leaders of tomorrow with the hopes that we may better our future while recognizing and respecting our history.
It is recommended that each Secwepemc youth representative be registered with one of the 17 Secwepemc communities, and be between the ages of 14-29. All are welcome to the Youth Council table.
The Youth Council is open to First Nations youth who live on or off reserve. It is up to the Youth Council to approve members to the group.
If there are youth who are interested in attending the Youth Council but are from a visiting nation and live within Secwepemcúl’ecw, they will not be excluded.
The Shuswap Nation Tribal Council Youth Council (SNTC-YC) Membership will consist of two Secwepemc youth representatives (preferably one male one female) from each of the 17 Secwepemc communities. Youth do not have to be a youth council representative but instead can chose to be a member.
SNTC is looking for two youth representatives (1 male and 1 female) from each of the nine member bands who are between the ages of 14 and 29.
If you are interested in representing your community here are three easy steps to submit your application:
- Fill out a youth representative form.
- Write a letter of personal introduction (maximum one page) explaining why you would like to represent your community at the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council.
- Submit your application in person at 680 Athabasca Street West, Kamloops BC, or by fax (778) 471-5804 (Attention Reanna Leonard)
By submitting an application you are committing to attend monthly meetings. Travel expenses will be provided by the SNTC. If youth representatives are unable to attend a monthly meeting they may participate through a conference call.
Please contact Reanna Leonard at (778) 471-8209 or, email her at email@example.com