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Voices of Youth Indigenous Leaders 2024

The Senate Committee on Indigenous Peoples is excited to launch Voices of Youth Indigenous Leaders 2024 to spotlight the strengths of present-day First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities and their inspirational young leaders. 

Are you a young Indigenous leader who inspires and motivates others through your work, art, academic achievements or actions? Do you have ideas on how to reduce barriers for Indigenous youth or encourage youth leadership in First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities? The committee wants to hear from you on these themes or any other matters of importance to you and your peers!

Indigenous youth leaders, aged 18 to 35, are invited to share their leadership experiences and ideas with senators. To apply, you can either: 

  • Submit a short text (500 words), formally known as a “brief,” that will inform the committee’s work; or
  • Submit a digital version of artwork, a song, a short video (max. 3 minutes) or creative writing (poetry, song lyrics, short story, etc.) accompanied by a short statement (max. 500 words) describing your piece, its themes, your goals and/or your vision. 

Some participants will also be invited to attend an official committee meeting in October 2024 to highlight their leadership efforts. 

Submit your application online or by mail before Sunday, July 21, 2024, and you could be invited to appear before the Senate Committee on Indigenous Peoples in Ottawa!

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Learn more about the program 

Through Voices of Youth Indigenous Leaders, Indigenous youth have shared their perspectives with senators on many key themes, including:

  • Indigenous education in traditional and non-traditional settings;
  • Leadership efforts in advancing Truth and Reconciliation; and
  • Visions on building a new relationship between Canada and First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. 

The Senate Committee on Indigenous Peoples considers all Voices of Youth Indigenous Leaders submissions, known as “briefs.” Many of these briefs have been published in committee reports and on the Senate’s website.  

Learn more about the previous editions of Voices of Youth Indigenous Leaders below. 

Indigenous education (2023)

For the 2023 edition of Voices of Youth Indigenous Leaders, Indigenous youth shared their experiences in public, private, traditional and non-traditional Indigenous education settings. Senators heard that curriculum changes, teacher training and additional funding and resources for Indigenous students would help dismantle barriers and improve educational experiences.

Truth and Reconciliation (2022)

In 2021, the federal government officially designated September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour First Nations, Inuit and Métis residential school survivors, the children who never returned home, and their families and communities. To mark the second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the committee invited Indigenous youth to share their perspectives on the meaning of Truth and Reconciliation and highlight their contributions to their communities and nations.

Read more about previous editions: 

Senators and participants of Voices of Youth Indigenous Leaders 2023 pose in the Red Chamber. 

Katherine Merrell-Anderson, from Elizabeth Métis Settlement in Alberta, testifies before the Senate Committee on Indigenous Peoples on June 7, 2023.

Senators and Voices of Youth Indigenous Leaders’ participants turn their attention to Paula MacDonald during her testimony.


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