First Directions was back at it again this March, and this year's group of youth made three videos on important topics! With the support of the First Nations Health Authority, and the MAC AIDS Fund, we hosted another group of creative, outstanding, Indigenous youth from across BC.
Some of the amazing youth on our team recently suggested we paint the tables in our main space to reflect the colours found in the Medicine Wheel. As an organization that affirms and celebrates Indigenous youth leadership, we were all on board with this great idea - and we can't wait for you to see the end result!
YouthCO is very excited to welcome Kayla Mitchell to the position of Yúusnewas Program Manager! Kayla has been part of our team for the past year as the Rural Outreach Educator and will be bringing her skills as a workshop facilitator and experience as an Indigenous youth to continue our work to centre Indigenous teachings as we talk with youth about sexual health and harm reduction.
During mid-March, Yúusneswas (YouthCO’s Indigenous peer-led education program) along with Reel Youth ventured on a five day retreat called First Directions with youth from across BC! During this retreat, we were able to discuss sexual health, sexuality and how we as Indigenous youth can begin to decolonize our bodies.
Each year, World AIDS Day is a time to remember the history of our movement, recognize the many people who have helped to support those of us living with HIV, share information about prevention and testing, and support people living with HIV. This day also marks the beginning of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week.
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.