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Aboriginal Youth Leading Change

Bridges Social Development & LaVie Society present:


Aboriginal Youth Leading Change is an exciting youth leadership workshop designed to help Aboriginal youth between the ages of 15 and 29 explore and discover their leadership potential. This event is the launch of a relationship-based process to encourage and equip Canadian Aboriginal youth to be recognized and supported as change leaders in their communities.

The Aboriginal Youth Leading Change workshop will feature special guest speakers, Senator Patrick Brazeau and Dr. Alika Lafontaine, both of whom hold compelling visions for the potential of Aboriginal youth leaders. During this one-day workshop, youth participants will have an opportunity to hear the inspiring wisdom stories of each of these speakers, and receive feedback and support on their own leadership journeys.

As a follow up, youth will be invited to participate in future training with Bridges Social Development, LaVie Society, and other partnering organizations to support them as change leaders and social entrepreneurs. For more information about youth programming offered by Bridges, visit

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Event Details:

Date: Saturday, October 30, 2010

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Location: room EC1050, Mt. Royal University (4825 Mount Royal Gate SW)
RSVP: by emailing

Download the Mt. Royal Campus Map to ensure that you have no problems finding the EC building. And please park in Lot 8 as this is designated specifically for visitors.

Speaker Bios:

Senator Patrick Brazeau is a 35-year old member of the Indian reserve community of Kitigan Zibi, near Maniwaki, Quebec. A champion of the rights of Aboriginal peoples, Senator Brazeau has worked with the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples since 2001. Patrick was called to the Senate by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in December 2008. He holds the distinction of being the third youngest person ever named to the Upper Chamber of Parliament.

Senator Brazeau believes that Canada’s relationship with Aboriginal communities must be reformed in order to end the status quo, which overwhelmingly supports a system of Indian Reserves where poverty and hopelessness remain pervasive. Perhaps most importantly, he believes in a strong sense of personal responsibility for one’s own future. He feels strongly about self-sufficiency for Aboriginal peoples at both the individual and community levels. Patrick is a strong advocate for youth participation in the parliamentary process.

Alika Lafontaine is a 27-year-old Métis physician from southern Saskatchewan who was raised with strong ties to both his Aboriginal and Pacific Islander roots. Alika is the youngest ever recipient of the National Aboriginal Achievement Award, as well as the recipient of a vast number of other honours. Most recently, he was named 2008’s “Canada’s Next Great Prime Minister” after winning CBC’s annual competition that included applicants from coast to coast. To view the video entry that Alika submitted to win the “Canada’s Next Great Prime Minister” competition, see below.

Alika is currently enrolled in specialty training at the University of Saskatchewan, in the field of anesthesiology, and actively promotes medicine as a viable career choice for youth in Saskatchewan.

Ashley Callingbull was born and raised in Enoch, Alberta, and has lived there most of her life. Her dream is to work with underprivileged children, teaching and mentoring them through acting, dancing and singing. She is currently working towards her BA in Drama at Concordia University in Edmonton.

Ashley is very devoted to her culture and people, and she takes great pride in her Native Cree heritage. She volunteers with several organizations throughout Alberta, including the Stollery Children’s Hospital, Walk for the Cure, and Run for the Lung. Ashley has a real ability to bring a lively energy to everything she becomes involved with.

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Mount Royal University

Mount Royal University

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Dr. Mark Durieux, Social Entrepreneurship

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Government of Alberta Culture and Community Spirit

Government of Alberta Culture and Community Spirit

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