Media Advisory - Historic National Gathering of Over 500 First Nations Youth



    WINNIPEG, Oct. 31 /CNW Telbec/ -

    Highlights for today's 3rd First Nations Youth Summit

    About 550 youth have registered for the 3rd National First Nations Youth
Summit, being held in Winnipeg, October 30 - Nov 1, 2007, hosted by the
Assembly of First Nations National Youth Council (NYC) and the Manito Ahbee
Festival. The Summit takes place at the Winnipeg Convention Centre, 375 York
Ave. Winnipeg, MB.

    Highlights of the second day, October 31 will include:

    9:00 A.M. - Summary of First Nations youth recommendations on economic
    and cultural issues.
    10:00 A.M. - "What Matters to Me": Public Awareness Video of First
    Nations Children and Youth, as part of AFN's Make Poverty History for
    First Nations campaign.
    12:00 P.M. - Guest speaker, Violet John, Miss Indian World, 2007
    8:00 P.M. - Halloween Bash, featuring Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music
    Award nominees Tracey Bone, J.C. Campbell, Don Amero and special guest,
    Native American hip-hop artist Litefoot.

    Highlights of the third and final day, November 1 will include:

    1:00 P.M. - PRESENTATION OF FIVE-YEAR ACTION PLAN
    2:00 P.M. - LEADERSHIP RESPONSE TO YOUTH ACTION PLAN
    - National Chief Phil Fontaine, AFN
    - Grand Chief Ron Evans, AMC
    - AFN NYC Chairs, Nicole Minde (Alberta) and Travis Boissoneau (Ontario)

    The National Chief will be presenting First Nations Youth Essay Contest
Winners with a special gift during his response to the five-year action plan.
    Topics in the five-year action plan will include: Economic Opportunities,
Suicide Prevention/Intervention, Addictions Prevention/Intervention, HIV/AIDS,
Pregnancy, Family Violence, Child Welfare, Land Claims, Restorative Justice,
Media/Journalism.

    The full agenda is available in English at:
www.afn.ca/misc/youth-agenda.pdf and in French at:
http://www.afn.ca/misc/youth-agenda-fr.pdf.




For further information:

For further information: Karyn Pugliese, Health Communications, (613)
292-1877, kpugliese@afn.ca


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