Change Starts With Me: Emerging Leaders National Forum

WHERE: Whistler BC / Squamish BC
WHEN: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 9th, 10th and 11th, 2012

Change Starts With Me:
Emerging Leaders National Forum

THE NATIONAL CENTRE FOR FIRST NATIONS GOVERNANCE along with our partner and host, Squamish Nation, are bringing together young emerging leaders from First Nations communities across Canada. Participants will be introduced to tools for engaging communities in culture, language and inherent rights. This is a unique opportunity for future leaders to meet others and join a growing network of young emerging leaders who wil lead the revolution for positive change in our communities.

ENTERTAINMENT: Bring your regalia for Saturday evening’s Culture in Action Squamish Nation Feast and on Sunday, after our amazing workshops, enjoy some free time in the international ski resort of Whistler BC, located in the shared territory of the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations.



Satsan (Herb George) President, National Centre for First Nations Governance

Satsan, a Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chief, educator and expert in Aboriginal rights and title, has long recognized that it is critical for today’s First Nation leaders to fully prepare our young people for the hard work of restoring our nations.


Bring Your Community Together : The Art of Hosting
Presenter: Chris Corrigan
Leadership is a fully participatory process that depends on the dynamic interplay of relationships in the community. Hosting stresses the elements of hospitality, respect, and generosity so that all people of varied backgrounds and beliefs to come together in a good way. The Art of Hosting provides processes where conversations that matter happen. Chris is an accomplished facilitator who has worked with a long list of Aboriginal organizations in Canada and abroad.

Engage Your Nation’s Youth: Inherent Rights and Responsibilities
Presenters: Laura Calmwind and Rachel Wuttanee
What does it mean to exercise our inherent rights to our language, culture, ceremonies, spirituality, family and living off the land and water? This question is addressed in a passionate presentation by Laura and Rachel.

Revitalize Traditional Knowledge: Sacred Songs and History
Presenter: William Wasden
William Wasden Jr. (Wax̱iwidi) is leading a workshop on the art of traditional songs and singing.  He is a respected singer, cultural leader, and song composer amongst his peoples.  Bringing his vast knowledge and teachings he will share his knowledge to the next generation of singers in the cultural revitalization of all our nations.  His goal is teach the next generation to share authentic culture in a respectful and dignified way.

Revitalize Your Nation’s Language: Where are Your Keys?
Presenter: Khelsilem Rivers and April Charlo
If a something isn’t growing, is it dead?  If a language is producing no new fluent speakers, is the language alive?

Khelsilem Rivers of the Squamish Nation and April Charlo of the Flathead Reservation in Montana will lead a intensive training on addictive techniques that train you to know how to become a fluent language speaker.  They will be teaching the concepts of  the “Where are your keys (WAYK)?” system where participants become players and hunters of their language.  You will learn how to lead the way in language acquisition and language revitalization.

Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, Whistler BC / Squamish Totem Hall, Squamish BC
Registration at: Chief Joe Mathias Centre, 100 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
Google Map with Directions from Vancouver Airport to Chief Joe Mathias Centre


Registration is only $595 for the entire weekend and includes meals and transportation from North Vancouver. (Friday and Sunday supper meals not covered, breakfast included in hotels)
Register a group of four or more and save 20%.
Under 19 must attend with an adult chaperone.
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Huy men wa lh ha7lh
"That is all, keep well" (Squamish Language)