Nishnawbe Aski Nation

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March 17, 2017


THUNDER BAY, ON (March 17, 2017): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum and the Oshkaatisak (All Young People’s) Council will welcome more than 100 youth delegates from across NAN territory to the annual NAN Youth Gathering at the Best Western Plus Nor’Wester & Conference Centre in Thunder Bay starting Sunday.

“We are proud of the Oshkaatisak Council for their tremendous effort to host this gathering so our young people can meet and work together on the themes of life promotion, healthy relationships and nationhood,” said Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum. “The NAN Youth Gathering is a great way for our young people to network and socialize in a constructive atmosphere, gain a better understanding of the history of our Nation and share their stories and experiences.”

Breakout sessions for the three-day summit (March 19-21) include: Medicine Teachings, Developing Positive Relationships, Rites of Passage for Children and Youth, Art Expression, Starting a Youth Council, Healing through Hip Hop and the History of the James Bay Treaty No. 9.

Youth will also learn about the We Matter campaign and have the opportunity to create a We Matter message of their own.

"We look forward to hosting youth from across NAN territory and look forward to sessions that will support participants learning about culture and nationhood while focusing on well-being,” said Oshkaatisak Council member Valerie Ooshag, from Eabametoong First Nation. “More and more, youth are expressing the need to build stronger connections to our Elders, protect themselves from all forms of abuse, and honour their special relationship with the Creator and the land.”

Day three will feature a youth panel with members of the Oshkaatisak Council, representatives of Neechee Studio, and Eabametoong First Nation member Riley Yesno, who serves on the Prime Minister’s Youth Council. These leaders will highlight the work they participate in on their respective councils and engage in dialogue with youth participants as a means of encouraging youth to seek out leadership roles in their communities.

Note to Media: Please see the attached agenda (subject to change). Members of the media are welcome to attend any and all events. Please contact Communications to make arrangements. 

For more information please contact:

Sunday: Wayland Moonias, Communications Intern – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (807) 620-3688 or by email

Monday-Tuesday: Tamara Piché, Communications Officer – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (807) 625-4906 or cell (807) 621-5549 or by email

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