Romance & Tradition: Yúusnewas featured on CBC's New Fire program

New Fire, a CBC program, interviewed Jessica St. Jean about her work with YouthCO's Yúusnewas program as part of an episode on romance and tradition. 

"At 29, Jessica St. Jean talks sexual health and sexuality every day. She's the force behind Yúusnewas, a Vancouver program that runs sexual health workshops specifically for aboriginal youth - with a focus on addressing HIV and Hepatitis C. 

"We didn't learn about sex from Christopher Columbus - we're definitely capable of teaching this to each other."- Jessica St. Jean

According to Jessica, there's a long way to go in making sure that sex ed is 'culturally relevant' to aboriginal youth. The first step? Let aboriginal youth educate each other about sex."

From the New Fire website. Listen to the interview here.


Located on the unceded traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh