National Conference 2023 – Youth Program

Our Future Leaders Program

Young and emerging leaders in modern treaty jurisdictions, ages 18-30 (flexible), are encouraged to register both for the Gordon Foundation’s Treaty Simulation (which occurs in the days immediately before the conference) and the conference.

Activities include:

The Gordon Foundation’s Treaty Simulation (Sun, Feb 26- Mon, Feb 27)

The Gordon Foundation is collaborating with the LCAC to host the 5th National Treaty Negotiation and Implementation Simulation over two full days directly preceding the Conference. This program brings together emerging Indigenous leaders and others to learn about Modern Treaties. The Treaty Simulations supports youth to experience what it is like to negotiate and implement treaties firsthand, while learning from treaty experts and establishing new relationships.

Future Leader Facilitators

Gordon Foundation staff and LCAC members will help identify 3-6 volunteer Future Leader Facilitators from the group of simulation participants and conference attendees. These young people will be responsible for:

  • Providing opening and closing remarks alongside LCAC Co-Chairs each day; and,
  • Presenting as part of a panel in the closing plenary Building Together

Daily Youth Planning Breakfasts

Each day, youth delegates will be invited to gather for breakfast to prepare for the day’s itinerary, share thoughts, reflections and questions, debrief collectively as a group. These breakfasts will be loosely facilitated by knowledge-holders.

Building Together Plenary

To close the conference, Future Leaders Facilitators will take the stage with modern treaty knowledge holders to share reflections on the way forward for the next 50 years of modern treaty implementation, followed by Q&A.

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