UOI OFFICES (Nipissing First Nation) Nov. 12, 2013 – The Anishinabek Nation will have two newly-elected Anishinabek youth council representatives attending the Assembly of First Nations “Supporting the Way Forward” youth summit November 18-21 in Saskatoon.
“We will have Quinn Meawasige from Serpent River First Nation and Nathalie Restoule from Dokis First Nation representing our territory at the youth summit,” says Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee. “We are encouraging our youth to check out the Anishinabek Nation youth Facebook Page, follow the Anishinabek Nation on Twitter and watch videos on our YouTube channel. It’s important for all youth to know what important initiatives are going on in our Nation.”
The AFN youth summit will provide First Nations youth with an opportunity to network, dialogue and identify new and innovative solutions for issues impacting First Nation communities across Canada.
The National Youth Committee insists that its mandate must come directly from the needs and concerns expressed by a national delegation of community youth representatives. The summit will create opportunities for networking, foster unity among First Nations youth, increase awareness and educate, and promote youth leadership.
The Anishinabek Nation established the Union of Ontario Indians as its secretariat in 1949. The UOI is a political advocate for 39 member communities across Ontario, representing approximately 55,000 people. The Union of Ontario Indians is the oldest political organization in Ontario and can trace its roots back to the Confederacy of Three Fires, which existed long before European contact.