Engaging Aboriginal Youth in International Development Work Case ...


Engaging Aboriginal Youth in International Development Work Case ...

Engaging Aboriginal Youth inInternational Development WorkCase Study: Aboriginal Programmingat Canada World Youthwww.canadaworldyouth.org

Canada World YouthCanada World Youth is a world leader in developinginternational educational volunteer programs for youngpeople aged 15 to 35. CWY is dedicated to enriching thelives of young people that have a desire to becomeinformed and active global citizens.MissionTo increase the ability of people, and especially youth, toparticipate actively in the development of just, harmonious,and sustainable societies.

Aboriginal Peoples and InternationalCooperation: CWY Baselines• Recognizing contributions of Indigenous peoples indevelopment work locally and globally is essential• Aboriginal peoples are an underrepresented group atCWY and other development agencies working ininternational cooperation• Recognizing our social location as a non-Aboriginalorganization is important• Canadian agencies have a responsibility to buildrelationships between Aboriginal and non-AboriginalCanadian youth• Aboriginal peoples are a priority group for the Canadiangovernment

Aboriginal Programming: Steps

1. Aboriginal Youth-centered ApproachWhat would you like to seein a program and what wouldyou need to succeed?What would you like toachieve overseas and inyour home community?How would you like to contribute tointernational development?Principle: Aboriginal youth are partners and leaders

2. Community-based recruitmentprocessHow can we, as a non-Aboriginal organization, gain thetrust of Aboriginal youth?ü Aboriginal alumni outreachü Partnering Aboriginal community organizations and communitymembersü Establishing individualized support through the applicationprocessü Breaking down organizational barriers that prevent youth fromparticipating in our programs2010-2011 41 YV2011-2012 53 YV2012-2013 65 YV

4. Aboriginal Mentorship and RoleModelingAre we the best people to mentor, support, and supervisethe youth?Building capacity within the organization and having Aboriginalstaff at all levels is essential to succeed.- Alumni- Resource people- Facilitators- Project Supervisors andInterns- Manager- Director- Partners

Lessons Learned:• Recognizing of our limitations and knowing that we maynot have the skills we need within the organization is o.k.• Institutional learning is constant and ongoing• Changing demographics requires adjusting programming

Results:• Aboriginal participation benefits the Global South andAboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities in Canada• Message sent to decision-makers: Aboriginal peoples cancontribute to international development and are not onlybeneficiaries• Partners have gained knowledge and tools to better engagemarginalized communities within their countries• Higher engagement with Indigenous peoples overseas• New leaders are motivated to work on and take responsibilityfor international co-operation and development• Development results

How does leadership look like?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwzUjb0AD5c

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