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Indigenous youth are ready to learn as national program heads to southern Alberta for the first time – CTV News

Aug. 3, 2023

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – For the first time in its 24 year history, the Outland Youth Employment Program, or OYEP, has made its way to Lethbridge and southern Alberta.

OYEP is a six-week work experience and post-secondary exploration camp for Indigenous youth between the ages of 16 and 18.

“It’s very exciting for us to be involved for the first time, for them to both come to the university and the college and that we can collaborate that way,” said Brittany Lee, Lethbridge College’s advisor and recruiter for Indigenous services.

27 Indigenous youth from Treaty Seven and across central and southern Alberta are taking part.

The program has the learners, or rangers, heading out to try different types of jobs like trail building, tree planting and more.

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