Free film-making retreat for indigenous youth, apply by March 15

YouthCo is an organization of youth leading the HIV & HEP C movement.

Yúusnewas is an Indigenous peer-led education program that provides workshops on HIV and sexual health in urban and rural communities across British Columbia. We approach the topic of sexual health by centering Indigenous perspectives and incorporating traditional teachings.

Yúusnewas means ‘taking care of each other’

Yúusnewas will be hosting a 5 day filmmaking retreat for Indigenous youth across BC called First Directions: Reclaiming Our Bodies.

This is a unique opportunity for youth to learn about how colonization has affected our health, find information on how to take care of ourselves, and to learn how to make and edit films on subjects that are important to youth.

The theme – ‘Reclaiming Our Bodies’ – includes learning about our bodies and sexual wellbeing in a shame-free environment, considering the emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical aspects of our health, and empowering young people to teach each other and connect through visual media.

This opportunity is free of cost and open to all Indigenous youth between the ages of 14-29, residing in BC. The retreat takes place March 25 – March 30.

Applications are being accepted until March 15.

Steps to apply:

  1. Find an adult community sponsor such as a nurse, teacher, Around the Kitchen Table (ATKT) graduate or community health representative (this is intended to help support you to share the information you learn at the workshop when you get back home).
  2. Like our Yúusnewas and YouthCO Facebook pages
  3. Fill out the application form to the best of your ability and get your sponsor to help you if you need it.
  4. We will contact selected participants with more details on travel and accommodations

More information:

Register online or us this registration form – REGISTER.


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