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Leadership Initiatives

Empowering Indigenous Youth in Governance and Leadership (EIYGL)

WHAT IS EIYGL?

Empowering Indigenous Youth in Governance and Leadership (EIYGL) is a Registered Charity that is a youth led leadership capacity building initiative of the Indigenous Leadership Development Institute Inc.

Bringing together Indigenous youth leaders from across Canada, EIYGL provides Indigenous youth with important ingredients that builds effective leaders through meaningful skill development, identification of common issues, challenges, opportunities and values. EIYGL contributes to Canadian society through volunteerism which, benefits the community. EIYGL provides a dynamic leadership pool of young people, a valuable resource in Canada.

WHO ARE OUR MEMBERS?

Indigenous youth leaders in EIYGL are between the ages of 15 – 35 yrs., are active in a leadership capacity in their community and/or are seen as role models in the community. EIYGL demonstrates mentoring, role modeling, and leadership to young people (our future leaders) across Canada.

There are members of EIYGL across Canada: Yukon/British Columbia/Alberta/Saskatchewan/Nunavut/Manitoba/Ontario/Labrador

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

For more information, to make a donation, or to become a member, please contact:

Melanie Dean
Director, Executive Training
Phone: (204) 940-1700
Fax: (204) 940-1719
Email: melaniedean@ildii.ca

Click here for a Registration Form

EIYGL is a registered charity and relies on the generous support of our friends and partners.

EIYGL Donation

  • Registered Charity Number: 84147 5429 RR001

GOALS

  • To recruit youth leaders (ages 15 – 35) from across Canada
  • To build their leadership capacity in young people and communities
  • To increase education, training, and cultural opportunities for Indigenous youth
  • To understand the issues related to leadership and good governance
  • To create a pool of Indigenous youth leaders and develop a mentorship program that builds leadership capacity in Indigenous communities.

PROGRAM OFFERINGS

EIYGL believes that young people, our future leaders and decision makers must be well educated in traditional community practices and contemporary leadership skills, including all aspects of capacity building that can be passed on from our Elders, our communities and modern professionals. Training offerings include:

  • Executive Facilitator Training Sessions
  • Learning “Best Practices” as it relates to governance and leadership
  • Personal Growth & Development Workshops
  • Youth Led Fundraising Initiatives
  • Youth Organized Special Events
  • Youth Led Workshops
  • Community Outreach & Leadership Development Activities
  • Observe at United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
  • Participate in the World Indigenous Business Forum in New York City
  • Youth led awareness campaigns such as: Stop Human Trafficking and Get out and VOTE!

EIYGL IN ACTION

WORLD INDIGENOUS BUSINESS FORUM
EIYGL members from across Canada attend annually to engage and network with dynamic speakers who drove innovation and change such as, James Cameron, Canadian film director, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Dr. Rigoberta Menchu from Guatemala, one of Australia’s top 50 “Most Influential” persons Dr. Tom Calma from Australia, and Former National Chief Phil Fontaine.

YOUTH & ELDERS LEADERSHIP AND GOVERNANCE GROUP
ILDI and EIYGL conducted a workshop with (15) respected Elders and youth from (8) Manitoba First Nation communities. Exploring governance issues and youth leadership development, youth and Elders together identified common vision for shared leadership and governance roles in their communities.

CHALLENGE DAY
Works with inner city schools to tear down the walls of separation, racial barriers, oppression and all forms of violence, EIYGL engages (300) High School and Junior High students in a powerful (3) day workshop that brings forth natural leadership and empowered youth to become part of the solution for change.

EXECUTIVE FACILITATOR TRAINING SESSIONS
EIYGL youth are trained to facilitate at a professional level for various activities throughout the calendar year and take their experience back to their leadership roles, which provide them a better understanding of good governance, professionalism, career goals, support their leadership role in their community and involvement with youth groups.

INDIGENOUS LEADERSHIP LUNCHEONS FOR YOUTH
EIYGL fundraising luncheons are youth led where EIYGL youth leaders are put in action to raise funds for positive youth development. Indigenous top leaders from media, arts and corporate industries are invited to share their vision for youth and expose key elements for success in their industry. Special guest speakers share their stories with youth at sold out youth led luncheons.

YOU MATTER, YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT, MAKE A DIFFERENCE
A youth roundtable to discuss the Federal Election. Youth take resources back to their communities to encourage their community to vote. Youth discuss the importance of the vote in Canada and in our communities and the relationship between the Federal Government and First Nation governments.

GOVERNANCE: BEST PRACTICES IN ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES
A EIYGL youth roundtable to explore and discuss leadership selection, membership, decision-making, law making and enforcement, financial management, human resource management, administration, community involvement, community planning and intergovernmental relations and networks. Open dialogue about what youth are thinking in terms of issues and solutions regarding governance in our communities.

UNITED NATIONS – PERMANENT FORUM ON INDIGENOUS ISSUES
EIYGL members attend annually the UN as observers of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at UN Headquarters in New York. Through exposure to the Permanent Forum youth have the opportunity to develop leadership skills and gain knowledge of indigenous issues through global dialogue and information exchange