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Tla’amin Nation to host Igniting the Spirit youth gathering

A few spots left at Youth Gathering that will feature a keynote speech from former Ms. Universe and Cree Activist Ashley Callingbull-Rabbit.

On March 7th, Tla’amin Nation will welcome 100 youth between the ages of 13-20 to the Tla’amin Salish Centre for a one-day conference tackling topics like teen mental health, healthy relationships, and sex and consent.

The conference is being organized by Alexandra Souch, herself the parent of a Tla’amin teen. She put together a roster of speakers to address some of the more complex challenges that youth are facing today.

“It can be hard to parent and to know if you are getting through to your kids,” said Alexandra “I’ve come to realize that it takes many conversations and sometimes the best person to talk with our kids about these sensitive topics is someone outside the family.”  

Keynote speakers Ashley Callingbull-Rabbit and Arron Paquette will share their life stories including topics like growing up First Nations and overcoming mental health challenges to make life more manageable. 

Community Services Director Losa Luaifoa says that the conference is intended to help Tla’amin youth understand themselves, the choices available to them, and to meet the many helpers and resources in the community. 

The one-day event will also include a workshop on residential school awareness aimed at the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Tla’amin residential school survivors.

 A few spots are still open to Tla’amin and other interested youth in the qathet region.

To register please email: Registration@tn-bc.ca

Questions? Call Alexandra Souch at 604-414-3211