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Native Youth Program

What is the Native Youth Program?

2019 cohort giving an Art + Activism tour at the NYP 40th Anniversary Celebration. Photo by Xinyue Liu/Vandocument.

The Native Youth Program (NYP) is a summer program for urban Indigenous youth, ages 15 to 18, currently enrolled in secondary school. Each year, it provides summer employment and training for up to eight urban Indigenous high school students and two UBC students as program manager and research assistant.

The goal is to produce young Indigenous leaders, provide meaningful direction and mentoring, enhance employment opportunities for Indigenous youth and promote public understanding of the diversity and richness of Indigenous cultures within the UBC community. Participants benefit from a well-supported opportunity to explore their culture and identity among peers, and develop important knowledge, skills and confidence for future creative and academic endeavours. While the core program is consistent year to year, evolution in project learning and innovation in partnerships and use of digital media delivers new elements. NYP has graduated over 200 Indigenous students, many who have gone on to successful post-secondary education. NYP’s proven model has been adopted around the world. In 2019, NYP celebrated its 40 year anniversary—take a look at this Facebook album of the participants from over the years.

The Native Youth Program is co-organized by MOA and the First Nation House of Learning at UBC, and supported by the Patrick and Beryl Campbell Charitable Trust.

Follow the Native Youth Program on Instagram and Facebook.


2020/2021 Native Youth Program Updates

This year we welcomed back Nicole North Peigan as the NYP Manager. She was joined by four secondary students: Aramis Hanuse, Col Bak, Mackenzie Fong and Taylor Henderson.

This fall students created short films in response to artwork in Kent Monkman’s exhibition Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience. Meeting once a week on Saturdays, the group engaged with a range of Indigenous artists and knowledge holders, including Kent Monkman and learned about their own and other Indigenous cultures.

A Virtual Tour of Kent Monkman’s Shame and Prejudice with NYP

Join the students of the 2020 Native Youth Program at MOA for a virtual tour of Kent Monkman’s critically acclaimed exhibition, Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience (August 6, 2020 – January 3, 2021). This tour was hosted, produced and edited by the NYP students, with support from MOA staff and Kent Monkman.