July 25, 2019 Corner Brook—The Qalipu First Nation is pleased to affirm its commitment to honoring the youth voice within our communities through the establishment of a youth seat at the Qalipu Council table. To facilitate an election for the youth to choose their representative, the inaugural Mawita’jik Maljewe’jk (youth gathering) will be held September 13-15 at West Haven in Pasadena. This gathering will see three youth, age 16-28, from each Ward brought together to hold an election.
Randy Drover, Central Vice Chief for the Band and Chairperson of the Mawita’jik Maljewe’jk Planning Committee said that one of the Bands core values is respect for the input of all members. “Empowering our young people to lead and learn important knowledge from their elders is a pillar of success for our First Nation. It is through listening to all our people that Council can effect positive change.”
This gathering will also focus on connecting youth with elders through cultural teachings; hearing the issues and concerns of youth delegates and; guiding youth to form resolutions to impact change. The event will include traditional ceremony, teachings, roundtables focused on learning and leadership, drumming, singing and plenty of opportunity to network and enjoy time outside around the campfire.
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