The Role of Indigenous Youth in Planning and Governance

Wednesday, February 17, 2016. 1:30-1:40 Poster Presentations

This poster explores ways that Indigenous youth are getting involved in planning processes, and in governance. As many Indigenous communities undertake Comprehensive Community Plans and other types of planning processes, youth are increasingly becoming a significant aspect of these plans in the North and in the rest of Canada. While youth are a significant proportion of the population of Indigenous communities, especially in the North, there is little information to date on the inclusion of youth in planning surrounding Indigenous self-governance. The poster draws on the researcher’s personal planning practice in Indigenous Community Planning. The poster utilizes knowledge gained from participatory action research, workshop facilitation, and community engagement.  These methods are used to look at the ways that youth are involved in planning, governance, and the future of their communities. The poster consciously gives ownership of the materials produced to the Indigenous youth participants. The poster presents guidelines on Indigenous youth engagement in the face of the many challenges in contemporary Indigenous governance. The guidelines, created in collaboration with Indigenous communities, suggest that youth empowerment and leadership is integral to the planning processes of Indigenous communities in the North and elsewhere.