Youth Gathering

Youth Gathering 2020

“Leadership starts with taking that first step. . .”    – Yeqwyeqwí:ws Chief Terry Horne

Our spring Youth Gathering has been postponed due to COVID-19. We are working on a new plan and will keep this page up-to date.

2019 Youth Gathering

Have a listen to what some of our youth had to say about what they have learned at our annual youth forums! The youth forum is important as we are working towards the benefit of their generation and we want them to understand treaty as our treaty is for our future generations!

What is the Youth Gathering?

The Stó:lō Xwexwilmexw Treaty Association Outreach holds yearly youth engagements for youth to attend and learn about Treaty. What was once a day long forum, has now shifted to a weekend.

We open the forum to surrounding school districts in First Nations studies and our Stó:lō Xwexwilmexw Treaty Association youth. The gathering has a different theme each year such as: Creating a Government, Continuing the Work of our Ancestors and Understanding Treaty, to name a few. The Youth Gatherings usually consist mini workshops that Outreach coordinates. The mini workshops have either a governance component or a cultural component which all relate to Treaty at the youth gathering.

As the Treaty evolves, so does our engagements with youth – they are the future. We want youth to learn as much as possible as the future leaders and members of the treaty villages.

We’ve always received excellent feedback from the youth! The annual Stó:lō Xwexwilmexw Treaty Association Youth gathering is always a huge success with engaging youth and teaching them about treaty!  We look forward to hosting the future youth gatherings to teach our future generations.