Senators appreciate how powerful young people’s voices are. For the fourth year in a row, they are asking Canadians from across the country to nominate Indigenous youth leaders from their communities so they can share their experiences and ideas with the Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples during an official public hearing.
This activity is part of Youth Indigenize the Senate, an initiative that brings Indigenous youth to Ottawa. Their testimony will help senators as they complete an important study on forging a new relationship between Canada and First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
Youth bring unique insight into what is happening in their communities and offer a fresh perspective on what needs be done to make life better in their community.
By listening to youth share their success stories and identify challenges, the committee will learn what these young individuals think is at the heart of a new relationship and how the Senate can help.
Youth Indigenize the Senate 2019 will take place in Ottawa from June 4 to 6. It will give participants a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of Parliament and give them an opportunity to meet other Indigenous youth from across the country.
Senate Speaker George J. Furey gives Indigenous youth a tour of the Red Chamber in Centre Block on June 6, 2018.
Senator Yuen Pau Woo listens to Indigenous youth speak about issues in their communities during Youth Indigenize the Senate 2018.
Youth Indigenize the Senate participants meet with senators inside the Aboriginal Peoples Committee Room in Centre Block after testifying before the Aboriginal Peoples committee in 2018.