Sharing and learning life lessons at Sahtu Youth Conference

Women's circle at 2nd Annual Sahtu Youth Conference. (Photo Courtesy of Norman Yakeleya)

The second annual Sahtu Youth Conference was held in Norman Wells last week.

Conference facilitator Norman Yakeleya says 25 youth from across the region tackled topics ranging from youth suicide, leadership skills, and life goals.

He says the youth connected with the keynote speaker from Saskatchewan.

“We had Mike Scott and two friends come up and do their talk which was really inspiring and motivating for the young people here. You know we need to give them hope and encouragement, and over the three days the Sahtu youth really gelled together,” said Yakeleya.

There was a cultural component. The youth were also joined by Kasho Gotine elders Thomas Manuel and Edward Oudzi.

“Both sides the young men and women really took in the messages from the elders were saying about the different roles we in our Aboriginal culture have, that we lost those through the different teachings and lifestyle taught in schools,” added Yakeleya.

Carrie Campbell from the Norman Wells Land Corporation helped organize the conference.

Both Deline and Colville Lake hope to host their own workshops in the near future.

Men’s circle at Sahtu Youth Conference in Norman Wells. (Photo Courtesy of Norman Yakeleya)

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Josh Campbell
Josh Campbell has returned to the CKLB News Team. He covered female university soccer and volleyball in New Brunswick, prior to graduating from Loyalist College in Mohawk Territory near Belleville, Ontario in 2007. He's covered politics and Indigenous stories in both the NWT and Yukon over the last 10 years.

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