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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. 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.


The 2020 Fall Native Youth Program is underway. This year we welcome back Nicole North Peigan as the NYP Manager. She is joined by four secondary students: Aramis Hanuse, Col Bak, MacKenzie Fong and Taylor Henderson.

This fall students will be creating 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 will engage with a range of Indigenous artists and knowledge holders learning about their own and other Indigenous cultures.

Follow the Native Youth Program on Instagram.