Indigenous Youth in Action BC: Applications Now Open!


Next Up and IndigenEYEZ are excited to announce the launch of Indigenous Youth in Action, a four-day leadership program that brings together Indigenous young adults from across Vancouver, Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and beyond to explore how change happens in society. We’ll explore the interconnections between the earth, ourselves, our gifts and our cultures through a variety of activities. We’ll examine different tools, ideas and theories that, when channeled alongside our passions, can empower us to build a more just world. We’ll learn from a variety of changemakers that have fought for justice in our communities and across the province.  

Join us.

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  • Passionate about addressing issues like climate change, economic inequality and other social justice issues?
  • Committed to being active at the centre of social and environmental change?
  • Looking for new tools to bring into your work?
  • Willing to take a risk and learn more about yourself and your leadership pathway?
  • Someone with leadership qualities? (leadership experience is not necessarily required).

Apply to Indigenous Youth in Action!

The suggested age for the program is 17-32.

About Indigenous Youth in Action

Indigenous Youth in Action is happening:

August 11-14, 2016, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily 
Vancouver, British Columbia
Unceded Coast Salish Territories

The application deadline is Friday, July 22, 2016.


It's free, thanks to our generous donors. For your part, you just have to commit time, energy, curiosity and a desire to change the world. We ask that you attend all four days. Please take Thursday, Aug. 11 to Sunday, Aug. 14 off from school or work.

Do you live outside Vancouver?

We encourage applications from people living in British Columbia but outside of Vancouver. We will do our best to help support travel costs, and find guest rooms in the homes of past graduates and other community supporters. 

Is childcare provided?

We encourage applications from participants with children and we will provide a subsidy to parents who request it. 

 Is food provided?

Lunches will be provided throughout the program. You will be responsible for snacks, breakfast, and dinner.

What will I learn?

Some of the topics we’ll explore include:

  • The Indian Act, government policy, and land defense
  • Story & social change
  • Theories of changemaking
  • Media training
  • Campaigns organizing
  • Decolonization
  • Reconciliation and resurgence

The sessions will be delivered by IndigenEYEZ and Next Up facilitators, and special program guests. 

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is Friday, July 22, 2016*

*Please note that spaces for the program are limited. Early application submissions are encouraged.

How do I apply?

More information about the program and how to apply can be found in the application callout!

Fill out the questions and email them to [email protected] by the application deadline. For those unable to submit written electronic applications, alternative accommodations can be arranged.

(You will NEED a computer to download the file)

You can also visit us at and for more information about our work.

More questions? Email Sam at [email protected]

We encourage applications from people of all genders, Two-Spirit people, and people with disabilities. We acknowledge that systemic oppression and harsh realities of life may make participation difficult for some, and we will do our best to assist people who want to participate.