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(Toronto, ON – July 17, 2023) The Ontario First Nations Young Peoples Council (OFNYPC) has issued the following statement regarding the appointment of OFNYPC Co-Chair Winter Dawn Lipscombe as Co-Chair of the Assembly of First Nations National Youth Council (AFN-NYC):
“We celebrate the appointment of Winter Dawn Lipscombe as Co-Chair of the Assembly of First Nations National Youth Council. This appointment by national youth leadership is a testament to Winter Dawn’s service and dedication to the First Nations youth across Ontario and Canada.”
“I am humbled to address the AFN Annual General Assembly (AGA) this year in Kjipuktuk as one of the newly elected AFN-NYC Co-Chairs, alongside Rosalie and our new executives, Veronik and Carson,” said Winter Dawn Lipscombe. “A leader inspires through empowering those around them – they recognize their place in organizing for the collective betterment of their communities and kin.”
“Those words are a part of the update that I delivered to the Chiefs-in-Assembly and are something I stand firmly behind,” said Winter Dawn Lipscombe. “This role is not something I take lightly. I have advocated within Treaty 3 and my region to make more spaces available to youth and to ensure that we are hearing from diverse perspectives and experiences that do not always have the opportunity to be at the table. I look forward to continuing this work on the AFN-NYC as a Co-Chair.”
The AFN-NYC is a key component of the AFN, representing First Nations youth across the country and advocating for issues that impact them on a daily basis. The AFN-NYC creates and promotes opportunities for youth to engage in important issues such as languages, life promotion, healthy lifestyles, climate action, culture and education. The AFN-NYC reports to the AFN as an advisory body on all issues from a youth perspective.
The OFNYPC is the official youth voice for the 133 First Nations in Ontario.
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