7th Annual Piikani Youth Forum 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2015 PIIKANI YOUTH FORUM – March 19/2015
By Emily Peters
YOUTH: The Piikani Nation is proud to be hosting the 7th Annual Youth Forum this April. It is a three day forum to provide opportunities for youth from First Nation communities to come together, network, build friendships, and learn. In the past the forum has highlighted local youth role models as well as big names such as Adam Beach. The theme of this year’s forum is “bringing youth together through technology”.
This year’s forum will be a bit different than years previous, as we have decided to embrace that technology is a part of youth’s everyday lives and have planned the forum around technology’s creative and constructive uses. We will have facilitators coming in to teach about film, broadcast (TV and radio), music production and theatre. The participants will have the opportunity to create their own production piece to be shared with the community at the talent show portion of the forum. The talent show will include local talent of all ages. We will also have the Facebook sensation Mike Scott coming in to host the banquet, and talent show!
This year’s forum has been planned, organized, and funded by the following organizations: Piikani Child & Family Services, Napi Friendship Association, Alberta Health Services, Aakom Kiyii Health Services, Piikani Youth & Education Foundation, Peigan Board of Education, Aboriginal Community & Youth Empowerment Strategy, and Piikani Nation Secondary School.
The forum will take place April 8, 9, and 10th and will be hosted by the Piikani Nation Secondary School. We invite you to attend the forum and feature our event in your publication,
For media inquiries contact: Abby Morning Bull at 403-627-4224, or Kirby Smith at 403-965-2390
The first day the Piikani Youth Forum 2015 kicked off in Piikani Nation and youth received a warm welcome from elder Shirley Crowshoe and a brief introduction into the three day event and put their skills to the test including Duane Belcourt from Driftpile First Nation who interviewed several participants on what they hoped to gain from attending this event.
QUESTION: What do you hope to gain from this event?
Shanelle Ahnassay, 19, Chateh First Nation
“Podcasting is a very good experience. I am actually considering that for my future goals.”
Savannah Providence, 17, Chateh First Nation
“I am looking forward to the podcasting workshop.”
Elizabeth Kolay, 14, Chateh First Nation
“I am interested in taking video and photographs of this community.”
Lindsey Giroux, 18, Driftpile First Nation
“I was offered a chance to attend this Piikani Youth Forum and I was intrigued.”
Mary Many Bears, 18, Piikani Nation
“I came to check it out and to see the different programs and how different they set it up compared to previous years.”
Hope Grier – Stewart, 19, Piikani Nation
“I am looking forward to listening to Mike Scott’s story.”
Johnny North Peigan, 17, Piikani Nation
“To get a good education and to learn something new.”