A National Aboriginal Youth Conference

March 21-24, 2017, Kelowna, BC


Gathering Our Voices 2017 begins at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort and Conference Centre in

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Participate in the Action

Get involved in interactive workshops and exciting shows with others from the community. You will have the opportunity to engage with your colleagues, mentors and Elders in a meaningful way.

Looking to get more from GOV? You can take part in our Youth Talent Showcase and prove yourself or nominate an Indigenous Youth Champion who has made a difference in your community.

For more information regarding the conference code of conduct, agenda at a glance and accomodation options, please review our registration package. Click below to download. Registration Package The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres and their Provincial Aboriginal Youth Council (BCAAFC-PAYC) would like to recognize Indigenous Youth Champions. If you know an Indigenous youth (ages 14-24) who has made an outstanding commitment or achievement in their community, please nominate them to receive an Indigenous Youth Champion award. We want to recognize young leaders and young role models who motivate others and show excellence in their chosen pursuits. Please download and complete the following word document application. Include a maximum 250-word submission outlining the nominated youth’s achievements and how they have been an Indigenous Youth Champion in their community. Honour A Youth Interested in participating in the Youth Talent Showcase? Click below to download and submit your application today. Talent Showcase Click here to download the Gathering Our Voices 2017 poster. Poster Each year Indigenous organizations, individuals and youth groups take on the challenge of raising enough funds to travel to GOV. Click below to download our Fundraising Ideas brochure and get started! Fundraising Help

Learn from Valuable Mentors

More than 50 different workshops will be offered over 4 days. Workshops will be grounded in cultural teachings and each delegate will have a chance to select from workshops in early February. Our goal is to provide youth with a unique experience and a chance to positively engage with each other.

Workshop submissions are collected and reviewed by a panel of youth and selected to represent each of the four different areas. The panel considers: level of interaction, how the workshop is culturally based, and relevance to Indigenous youth. Full workshop descriptions will be released in early February. Youth will be able to select from a wide array of workshops for a diverse, learning experience.

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Listen to Inspiring Leaders and Peers

In past years we were honoured to host J.R. LaRose, Dr. Evan Adams, Grand Chief Ed John, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Chief Jody Wilson-Raybould, Adrian Duke, Justin Rain, Dakota Brant, Waneek Horn-Miller, Deidri Jack, Mathew Strongeagle, Richard Peters, Theresa Point, Ta’Kaiya Blaney.

Connect and Prepare for the Future

A gathering of this size means an incredible opportunity to find new peers, employers, educators, teachers, Elders, and most of all, friends. A bustling career and education fair, an Elders lounge, and more will be ready for you to explore.

Then, return to your community with newfound skills, a broader world view, and new friends to keep in touch with.