In an effort to expand both the age limit and regional reach of the Indigenous […]



In an effort to expand both the age limit and regional reach of the Indigenous Youth Policy School, the Centre for Indigenous Policy and Research (CIPR) has created the Policy School Workshop Series. Workshop series comprises two components, Policy School Symposiums & Policy School Intensives.

The Policy School Symposiums are designed to engage with Indigenous youth in high school (ages 14-18) in 1 day symposiums about policy (adjustments can be made for varying formats, in person and online). These Symposiums will be distinction-based and focus on delivering content that is both politically and culturally relevant to various distinction groups (First Nations, Inuit, Metis).

The Policy School Intensives are designed to engage Indigenous youth (ages 18-29) in week-long intensives wherein they will learn about policy, influencing change and traditional governance. Intensives will adopt a similar approach to that of a “policy hack-athon.”

Through the provision of policy symposiums and intensives, CIPR will be able to enhance education and skills development around Policy and Governance among change-oriented, solutions focused, Indigenous youth interested in making Canada’s government more relevant to youth, who are often left out of policy-making conversations. Alongside the goals of the Indigenous Youth Policy School, youth participants across Canada will be provided the baseline education, skills and opportunities to begin to make formative decisions that will impact policy decisions that matter to them most. Both policy intensives and symposiums will be curated to ensure that participants are provided with a safe learning environment, accessible to all individual learning backgrounds, composed of content that is distinction-based and impactful.

Commencing fall 2020!

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