roots to cedar1The Oskayak Youth Program provides youth between the ages of 16 to 24 an opportunity to connect with their culture, socialize, gain new skills, explore careers, access community resources, participate in group activities, and receive one-to-one support. Aboriginal youth are supported to explore their culture, look into education, volunteer, gain work experience, participate in sharing their culture with the community, and work towards their personal goals. Youth are actively involved in setting priorities, developing activities, and reaching out to the community. There is an Aboriginal Youth Advisory Council that includes youth who help lead the Center. Funding is provided by the Government of Canada, the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centers, the Province of British Columbia and private funders.

Regular activities, group outings, cultural exploration, and workshops are provided to engage, inspire and support Aboriginal youth to learn, dream and thrive.

Some of the workshops and activities include:

  • Cultural teachings, arts, traditional learning/teachings
  • Drumming, dancing and music
  • Storytelling, arts, carving and crafts
  • Cultural exploration, and outings
  • Traditional games and physical activities
  • Volunteer leadership and community projects
  • Mentorship and Youth Council
  • Learning new skills: Nutrition, cooking, shopping, and budgeting Gardening/growing food
  • Career and education exploration
  • Special events and holiday celebrations
  • Family activities
  • Newsletter Media and Design workshops
  • Homework clubs, camps and recreational activities
  • Drop in evenings for youth
  • Group and one to one supports
  • Information and referral
  • Family supports
  • School supports

See our Community Calendar for information about Aboriginal youth centre activities.

Click Here to access our OSKAYAK brochure.

The OSKAYAK Garden Project

OSKAYAK Gardening project 2012The OSKAYAK Garden Project is at Terra Nova Garden. The OSKAYAK garden project focuses on living an active and healthy life from a traditional perspective for Aboriginal youth. Participants of the OSKAYAK Garden Project have access to fresh garden food and traditional plants and also receive a certificate for their participation in the program.

Please call 604-271-7600 ext.102 or email jelica.shaw@connectionscommunityservices.com for more information.

OSKAYAK Youth Council

z13977536843_5d35b4fc69_oThis eight member youth council is the governing body of Pathways youth programming. All eight elected members meet bimonthly and work hard to contribute to the day-to-day functioning of youth programming: planning and approving scheduled activities, workshops and outings, while also planning and executing community projects and fundraising efforts for special events. Council members represent Connections Community Services, Pathways Aboriginal Centre and the Richmond community at large at various regional/provincial Aboriginal youth conferences and forums. The council actively promotes the centre’s youth programming to friends, family, and peers with the support of all of its members.

Please call 604-271-7600 ext.102 or email jelica.shaw@connectionscommunityservices.com for more information.