The FNHC is now accepting applications for First Nation leaders aged 16 to 30 years to participate in the inaugural Youth Leaders Program at Gathering Wisdom for a Shared Journey IX, May 15-17, 2018.

The 10 Youth Leaders selected will receive an all-expense paid trip to Vancouver for the Gathering Wisdom forum on May 15-17, 2018, including travel, accommodation and meals.

In addition, the 10 Youth Leaders will receive a health and wellness prize package for their participation in the forum.

Most importantly, the 10 Youth Leaders will have the opportunity to connect directly with First Nation leaders from across BC, and represent the voices of First Nation youth at the largest Indigenous health and wellness conference in the country.

  • Youth aged 16-30 years are eligible to apply
  • Must be enrolled in high school, or have completed Grade 12
  • Must have volunteer and leadership experience
  • Experience mentoring youth is an asset
  • Active participation in cultural activities is an asset
  • Must demonstrate community engagement and involvement
  • One reference from a non-family member (brief statement in MS Word or PDF including contact information)
  • Availability to attend 3-day forum in Vancouver, May 15, 16, 17, 2018
  • Be comfortable with publicly speaking to an audience of 700 attendees
  • A maximum of 10 youth candidates will be accepted – one female and one male from each of the five BC regions.
  • Accepted candidates will be notified no later than Thursday, April 26, 2018.

To apply, please submit an application by Thursday, April 19, 2018.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Elyse Gawley at or 604.646.3586.

* 1. First Name

* 2. Last Name

* 3. Community Name

* 4. Contact Details

* 5. What is your birthday?


* 6. Gender

* 7. Skills and Experience [check box – all that apply]

* 8. Tell us why you are interested in being a Youth Leader at Gathering Wisdom for a Shared Journey?
5 sentences max.

* 9. How do you think your past experience will help you in this opportunity? Provide specific examples. 
5 sentences max.

* 10. If you could do one positive thing as a Youth Leader, what would it be? Be creative!
5 sentences max.

* 11. Upload reference document - MS Word or PDF; or, send via email to

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