The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres and the Provincial Aboriginal Youth Council would like to thank everyone who participated in making this years GOV a success.

Lim'limpt! Thank you!

Lim'limpt to the Okanagan Nation, our funding agencies, volunteers, staff, Elders and all those who chose to share their time with us at GOV 2017.

We look forward to seeing everyone at GOV 2018 in Richmond, BC.

In addition, we say thanks to:

Co-hosts

The Ki-low-na Friendship Society and the Okanagan Nation Alliance, for providing cultural guidance, for welcoming all delegates to their beautiful territory, and for recommending High Water Singers as our cultural singing group. High Water Singers made amazing contributions to many aspects of GOV 2017.

Partners

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, The Province of British Columbia, through: The Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, The Ministry of Children and Family Development, The Ministry of Health, Provincial Health Services Authority, Indigenous Health, and Interior Health Authority, and Our Health and Wellness Partner, First Nations Health Authority, who offered an educational seminar on Fentanyl to entire delegation, provided several workshops focusing on different aspects of self-wellness, hosted a Wellness Room where GOV delegates could learn better health and wellness practices, and participated in the Career and Education Fair.

Sponsors

We acknowledge the agencies that provided sponsorship, which contributed greatly to the overall success of GOV 2017: ISPARC - the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council, The Cowichan 2008 Legacy Project, The New Relationship Trust, Vancity Credit Union, Vancouver Foundation, and, BC Hydro for presenting trades workshops.

Trades Workshops presented by

Volunteers

Gave their time and energy supporting the youth and the GOV Team over the four days. This included a long list of people coming from agencies who sponsored the event. When an agency is willing to not only provide financial support, but allows their staff time to give hands on support, we truly see what our joint efforts can accomplish.

Indigenous Youth

Many young Indigenous people were chosen to complete special work at GOV 2017, including:

Event MCs, Grace Dove and Linsay Willier, DJ O Show, aka Orene Askew, who assisted in transitions at Opening Ceremonies, the Youth Talent Showcase, Closing Ceremonies, and who DJ’d the Youth Dance Party, Sheri Marie who performed live original music at the Youth Dance Party, Streetrich, a hip hop dance troupe who performed at the Youth Dance Party, Jeremy Coyote, a magician who entertained at the Youth in Care Honouring Feast, and Trent Seymour for his riveting Keynote Address at Closing Ceremonies.

Community Members

Fundraised, made the journey, and chose to share their time with us at Gathering Our Voices 2017.