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.


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!