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Mi’kmaq-Maliseet Youth Council Conference

Mi’kmaq Maliseet Atlantic Youth (MMAYC) Biennial Conference Coordinator

ISSUE DATE: Thursday, November 18, 2021

CLOSING DATE: Thursday, December 2, 2021, at 4:30 p.m.

CONTACT PERSON: Jarvis Googoo, Associate Director of Health
Atlantic  Policy  Congress  of  First  Nations  Chiefs
Secretariat www.apcfnc.ca [email protected]

RFP

MMAYC Conference Coordinator

PURPOSE

This RFP’s purpose is to hire a Conference Coordinator (Coordinator) for the upcoming Biennial MMAYC (virtual) Youth Health Conference taking place (tentatively) from February 23-24, 2022. The Coordinator will be responsible for handling all the logistics of the Conference.

BACKGROUND

Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat

The Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat (APC) is a policy research organization that analyzes and develops culturally relevant alternatives to federal policies that impact on the Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, and Innu communities and people. In APC’s health section, we work with First Nations and Inuit Health Branch-Atlantic region (FNHIB), Atlantic First Nations communities, and organizations to both ensure culturally appropriate health care services and to close the gap in health status between First Nations communities and Canadians.

APC Secretariat works closely with the Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, and Innu First Nations communities. APC Secretariat also works in partnership with Health Canada and other Indigenous organizations such as the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq (CMM), Union of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq (UNSM), Union of New Brunswick Indians (UNBI), Mawiw, and the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island (MCPEI).

MMAYC and the Biennial MMAYC Conference

The purpose of the Mi’kmaq Maliseet Atlantic Youth Council (MMAYC) is to provide Atlantic First Nations youth with practical goals and solutions to enhance mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. MMAYC strengthens and advances the goals and responsibilities of youth resulting in a greater self-identity and independence through a strategy that incorporates traditional and modern-day practices.

MMAYC is committed to developing integrative and inclusive solutions that promote

opportunities for personal and professional capacity development for First Nations youth. The vision is to embrace the voice of the youth by the youth, to improve the overall quality of life while empowering First Nations youth.

The last MMAYC Biennial conference took place on August 17-19, 2018, at the University of New Brunswick (UNB). Approximately 100 attendees participated in the Conference, and it was considered a great success, receiving fantastic reviews from the youth participants.

APC, in collaboration with MMAYC, will be hosting its Biennial Youth Health Conference on February 23-24, 2022. The event will be held virtually. A central theme for the Conference has not yet been determined; however, the central foci will be “youth” and “health.” The MMAYC Conference Planning Committee will work to identify a specific theme.

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