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ONTARIO FIRST NATIONS YOUNG PEOPLES COUNCIL

Background

Under the auspices of the Chiefs of Ontario, the Ontario First Nations Young Peoples Council (OFNYPC) is mandated to discuss, address, and provide a unified voice on regional and national priorities affecting First Nations youth in the communities. Through youth engagement and capacity building, the OFNYPC strives to empower young people to lead change and contribute to decision-making processes in their communities. The OFNYPC takes leadership roles in the advocacy of issues affecting First Nations youth across the province, to all levels of governing bodies.

OUR VISION

The Ontario First Nations Young Peoples Council envision a time of reclaiming OUR identity, rebuilding OUR Nations and redefining OUR future

our mission

The OFNYPC’s mission is to engage, empower, support and advocate for First Nations Youth from the 133 First Nations communities across the province of Ontario.

In order to carry out our mission the OFNYPC is committed to enhancing communication and outreach, increasing knowledge and education, providing additional training and/or professional development opportunities, enhancing First Nations youth networks, developing tools/resources that will assist our young people and by creating new and exciting opportunities for grassroots youth engagement.

In addition, the OFNYPC will continue to focus on the development of policies, presentations, resolutions and strategies aimed at addressing collective regional First Nations youth priorities. We will continue to explore new opportunities for partnership development and will continue to meet with key stakeholders that share a mutual interest in creating positive change for Ontario First Nations Youth. The OFNYPC will remain actively engaged in a variety of technical tables, committees and in various leadership forums to ensure youth voice is considered and incorporated into the development of regional-based approaches. And, perhaps most importantly we will also continue to reiterate and reaffirm the critical importance of including grassroots youth in community discussions and decision-making processes. Our Youth are leaders in each of our respective communities and Nations, relying upon the guidance and mentorship of those who came before us

our mandate

  • Provide youth insight, perspective and voice to the Chiefs of Ontario (COO), technical tables/committees, the Ontario Chiefs-in-Assembly and the Political Confederacy (PC) on a variety of policy issues including but certainly not limited to: Justice, Education, Health, Social, Environment, etc.

  • Work on identifying the paramount issues affecting young First Nations people in this region and to propose different methods, tools/resources, strategies, solutions to address said issues.

  • Act as an ambassador(s) and spokesperson(s) that provide First Nations Youth voice, positions and presence at regional, national and international forums and events;

  • Deliver annual forums/conferences/workshops in an effort to engage, network, dialogue and strategize with Ontario First Nations youth;

  • To meet and engage with sanctioned external agencies/organizations/ministries/stakeholders in an effort to gain/garner support for approved regional-based youth strategies and initiatives;

  • To build Ontario First Nations youth network to ensure regular communication

MEET YOUR YOUTH REPRESENTATIVES

OFNYPC Youth Representatives

ANISHINABEK NATION

Lance Copegog

Beausoleil First Nation

Lance Copegog
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Pierre Debassige

M’Chigeeng First Nation

Pierre Debassige
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ASSOCIATION OF IROQUOIS & ALLIED INDIANS

Juliana Lesage

Batchewana First Nation

Juliana Lesage
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Vacant

Vacant

Pierre Debassige

GRAND COUNCIL TREATY #3

Ernest Cobiness Jr.

Buffalo Point
First Nation

Ernest Cobiness
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Winter Lipscombe

Wauzhusk Onigum
First Nation

Winter Lipscombe
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INDEPENDENT FIRST NATIONS

Jayse Mandamin

Shoal Lake #39
First Nation

Jayse Mandamin
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Richelle Ritchie

Ojibways of Saugeen
First Nation

Richelle Ritchie
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NISHNAWBE ASKI NATION

Janine Frogg

Wapekeka First Nation

Janine Frogg
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Randall Crowe

Deer Lake First Nation

Randall Crowe
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SIX NATIONS OF THE GRAND RIVER

Connor Martin

Six Nations

Connor Martin
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Darryl Hill

Six Nations

Darryl Hill
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ONTARIO FIRST NATIONS YOUNG PEOPLES COUNCIL

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ACKNOWLEDGMENT

Our website is made possible through partnership and the generous financial contributions of the Ontario Brain Institute.

About the Ontario Brain Institute

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