Sacrificing education for work, a sad reality for some

A voice for Sahtu youth. Cody Orlias is the youngest delegate at the Sahtu Secretariat Assembly going on this week in Tulita.

At just 16-years-old Orlias is representing the community of Behdzi AhDA in Colville Lake to act as a voice for the youth.

Orlias says that he felt it was important to participate in the assembly because he sees the youth struggling in the community and he can relate.

Orlias had to drop out of school last year, because he couldn’t afford to go to school and pay for housing on his own without any income support.

He says he feels like he had to sacrifice his education.

In Tulita for the assembly – NWT MP Michael McLeod, says Orlias’ story is all too common and that students need to try to take advantage of any programs or student counselling they can find to steer them in the right direction.

Orlias says despite his setback, he hopes to go back to school soon and work in leadership training.

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Kristen Berkeley
Kristen is a multimedia journalist, reporter and producer at CKLB. Originally from Toronto, Kristen was interested in Indigenous issues and decided to relocate to Yellowknife to join CKLB. Kristen received her education from York University with degrees in Political Science and Communication. She is also a graduate from the Seneca-at-York Broadcast Journalism program. If you want to get in contact with Kristen, send her an email at

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