Sponsorships available for Youth Empowerment Workshops at World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education

OHSWEKEN, ON – July 18, 2017 The World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE) is set to welcome youth, ages 14-25, from around the globe to a 2-day Young Leaders Stream taking place during the conference. Thanks to Mohawk College, the conference is able to accept up to 60 sponsorships for youth from Ontario to participate in the Young Leaders Stream at WIPCE. With four different workshops to choose from, youth will have the opportunity to perform, dance, act, and share their voice with the world.

Steps for youth to register for the 2-Day Young Leaders Stream:

1. Register at https://www.eply.com/WIPCE2017. When registering please select day passes for Wednesday and Thursday, and for payment method select “pay by cheque.”

2. Email mtg.arch@bellnet.ca with the subject “Youth Registration” and let us know you’ve registered and would like to get one of the youth sponsorships.

3. Once your email has been received you will be notified to log back into the registration system and select the Youth Stream you want to participate in.

4. If you need transportation, reserve your seat on the daily shuttle bus from Six Nations Polytechnic to Toronto by calling 519-445-0023.

The Mohawk word for the youth program is Teionkwakaratónnion, and Deyǫgwagá:dǫnyǫ: (in the Cayuga language), which means “Sharing Our Stories.” These four streams have been designed specifically for young leaders who want to explore their passions and gifts while advancing their personal development and leadership skills.

The first of the four workshops is called R.E.A.L. (Reality Education and Applied Life Skills) School, which is a youth leadership development program. Youth who choose to participate in this program can expect to be immersed in a fun and challenging learning environment that engages them in both hands-on activities and interactive exercises. R.E.A.L. School creates opportunities for self-discovery and personal development.

The second and third programs are interactive dance workshops with renowned dancers Santee Smith and Tracee Smith. Tracee will be running a Hip-Hop workshop, and Santee will be teaching Contemporary Dance.

The fourth youth program is Indigenous Theatre with experienced actor and director, Herbie Barnes. Herbie is known as a dramaturge working to develop a number of great plays and emerging playwrights. Herbie has written for television shows Including Guilt Free Zone, Buffalo Tracks and Tipi Tales.

Youth sponsorships are on a first come, first served basis and do not include accommodations or travel. Daily transportation can be provided from Six Nations to Toronto. Lunch is included.