Métis Youth Project
The partner with Minwaawshin Lodge for the Métis Youth Project is the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) and the Historic Sault Ste. Marie Métis Council.
The MNO works with Métis citizens to promote self-government and to protect their rights. An example of a recent important success won by Steve and Roddy Powley of Sault Ste. Marie on behalf of Métis people is the right to hunt protected under the Canadian constitution.
The Healthy Relationships Peer Education Project created by Métis youth during the March Break Leadership Training Program is to develop a mini-documentary and info-mercials/commercials about Métis youth issues for television as well as a Métis Youth Newsletter and Website.
Under the creative guidance of Youth Coach Joni Labbe, Métis youth are spending their summer writing articles for the newsletter, conducting youth workshops on healthy relationships and leadership, creating a graffiti wall and attending youth camps to practice wilderness camping skills, and share their thoughts on cultural teachings about healthy relationships and leadership.
They have designed a range of activities for their project including:
- Survival skills workshops
- Youth leadership picnic
- Métis Jigging lessons
- Developing artwork, poetry and commentary for the documentary
- Camera, film and editing lessons/experience
- Creating success stories featuring Métis youth as leaders
- Documenting and filming of all activities by the youth.
The Sault Ste. Marie contact for information about this exciting Métis youth project is Joni Labbe. The Minwaashin Lodge contact is Deb Chansonneuve.