First Directions: Reclaiming Our Bodies

This event is located on the traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh.

As Indigenous youth we are starting, once again, to talk about issues that affect our people so that we can share information with our friends and relatives about taking care of our bodies. With colonization and residential schools, a lot of our teachings on how to take care of ourselves were lost—but we’re determined to bring back this knowledge again so that we can be the healthy people that we are meant to be!

So, now you might be asking yourself what does reclaiming our bodies even mean?

Reclaiming our bodies looks like a lot of things, some we may have not even thought about before now:

  • Learning about our bodies, free of shame
  • Considering the emotional, spiritual, mental and physical aspects of taking care of our bodies and sexuality
  • Being comfortable with who we are
  • Having the information and tools to make decisions that are right for us
  • The right to access birth control that suits our needs and lifestyles
  • And so much more!

This training will include:

  • A trip to our training site, which is a retreat located in Langley
  • Learning about how colonization has affected our health—and what we can do about it
  • Information about living with HIV and Hepatitis C, treatment, testing and prevention
  • Video-making with Reel Youth
  • And other fun activities!

To join us, submit an application by February 1st, 2017. 

Steps to apply:

  1. Find an adult community sponsor such as a nurse, teacher, Around the Kitchen Table (ATKT) graduate or community health representative (this is intended to help support you to share the information you learn at the workshop when you get back home).
  2. Like our Yúusnewas and YouthCO Facebook pages 
  3. Fill out the application form to the best of your ability and get your sponsor to help you if you need it.
  4. We will contact selected participants with more details on travel and accommodations 

 Deadline for applications: February 1st, 2017

March 15, 2017 at 12pm - March 20, 2017
Springbrooke Retreat
Olivia Reynolds · · 604-688-1441
Angel Robinson Natasha Palmantier

Will you come?

YouthCO's office is located on the unceded traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh people. Our programs take place on unceded, ancestral, and traditional territories of many Indigenous nations across what is now called BC.

YouthCO believes that all youth have the right to accessible and affirming information about our health. We also know each of us has a unique relationship to our bodies, sex, sexuality, substance use, and harm reduction. For many of us, the words other people use for our bodies and their functions are not the words we use for ourselves. Throughout our website, YouthCO uses words for bodies and sex that we know will not reflect the full diversity of our communities. We have tried to, where possible, be as expansive with our language as we know how to while being as specific as possible. As youth leading the HIV movement, we too are learning about the best words for our experiences and do not do this perfectly. We invite any feedback about the language used on our website to help us move forward in the best ways for all youth in our communities!