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Native Youth Program

The annual Native Youth Program (NYP) at MOA returns for Fall 2020! NYP participants will have the unique opportunity to produce and give public tours of MOA’s new exhibition, Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience by Kent Monkman. In addition, participants will attend workshops facilitated by a wide variety of Indigenous mentors within a diverse range of disciplines, attend exciting field trips and participate in a variety of creative projects.

Participants must be between the ages of 15 and 18, enrolled in secondary school, and have an interest in First Nations culture and heritage.

How to apply:
Visit the NYP 2020 application page for full details

Deadline to apply:
September 17, 2020 at 4 pm


The Native Youth Program (NYP) at MOA

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

The Native Youth Program is a summer program for urban Indigenous youth, ages 15 to 18, currently enrolled in secondary school. It provides summer employment and training to six 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.

NYP is co-organized by MOA and the First Nation House of Learning at UBC.