First Directions: Art & Activism


When: March 21, 2022 at 12:00pm - March 26, 2022

Where: Springbrooke Retreat Centre
22778 72nd Ave
Langley, BC V2Y 2K3
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Contact: Nona Marchand ·

This event takes place on the unceded and ancestral lands of the S'olh Temexw (Stó:lō) peoples.

Apply to be part of First Directions by February 18 at

At First Directions, we bring Indigenous youth together from across the province to develop short videos on this years theme of Art & Activism. During First Directions, a group of 10-15 Indigenous youth will:

  • Travel to a retreat centre in Langley, BC, supervised by the Yúusnewas staff team
  • Be involved in workshops that focus on Art & Activism within Indigenous communities
  • Learn how to create a video, including how to use film equipment, create a storyboard, and edit their work with the help of Reel Youth
  • Work in small groups, develop a film on a topic of their choice related to Art & Activism

YouthCO will cover travel costs to and from the retreat, as well as meals and accommodations during the training to participants whose applications are accepted. We will work with families and communities to ensure safe transportation for all youth. 

As Indigenous youth we are talking about issues that affect our people so that we can share information with our friends and relatives about topics that are important to us. There are many ways that activism shows up in our lives and in our communities. As Indigenous folks, we are constantly being put in positions to fight for our rights, our lands, our bodies and our communities. We will explore the many ways in which Activism plays a role in communities and how art is/can be apart of that activism. We are determined to empower young Indigenous leaders.  

Some of the topics we will be focusing on during First Directions are: 

  • Local activism: Taking a look at different movements within our communities
  • How we show up and engage in activism as Indigenous youth 
  • How activism shows up in art & how are can be a form of activism
  • Creating art that shares something important to us
  • Self Care & Activism, how we as Indigenous youth can take care of ourselves during these times


COVID 19 Measures

To support safer access to our programming for all in attendance in consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have implemented a few important measures that we hope will help create a safer environment for us to learn and build community together.

  • All participants will have access to our own private room for the duration of the program
  • All sessions will be held either outdoors or in well-ventilated large rooms with capacity well under 50%
  • Hand-washing stations and hand-sanitizer will be made available throughout the program
  • We ask all attendees to be fully vaccinated (3-doses) for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) by March 21st
  • We ask that masks be work in accordance with the host site requirements. This includes use in communal areas (e.g., the dining hall, when not eating or drinking). Masks will be made available throughout the program

We know that for many of us, some these additional measures like wearing a mask, can feel a bit exhausting, especially after living through this for the past two years. We really appreciate your cooperation as we all figure this out together. Your participation is so important to us, your safety is so important to us, your presence is so important to us – you are so important to us! We hope to see you at First Directions this year! Please let us know if you have any questions at all, you can reach us at [email protected] 


*Applications are now open*

Apply by February 18th at