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Innovative Young

Indigenous Leaders



June 28 - July 1 2019

Nanaimo, BC

We respectfully acknowledge that IYILS 2019 is taking place on the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation.

Our Story

Our Vision

Our vision is to create space for young Indigenous people who are doing grounded work in their communities to come together and share their experience and best practices. We invite young Indigenous leaders for a 4 day symposium, to cultivate common knowledge and ideas, empower each other and their communities and envision our futures together. We want to create a strong network of motivated and self-determining young leaders who can learn from one another and find common connections in their work.


We acknowledge the work that is going on around the province to revitalize Indigenous languages, cultural practices, laws, and governance systems and it is important to bring these people together to create a strong network and uplift the work happening in each of our communities to create strong, healthy and vibrant Indigenous futures.

The Symposium

Our Unique Initiative Aims To...



Create a network of young Indigenous leaders from across BC

Share best practices, common experience and vision between young Indigenous leaders

Uplift Indigenous Resurgence work happening around the province

Celebrate the amazing work being done around language revitalization, Cultural practices, Food sovereignty, Indigenous education, and much more

Have the opportunity to engage in cultural practices including weaving, plant harvesting, and other activities

Share and celebrate with performances by Indigenous artists









Friday, June 28, 2019

Location: Shq'apthut - Gathering Place, VIU

Check-In and Welcoming Dinner

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Location: Saysutshun


Project Reclaim with Beangka Elliott


Discussions Circles - Topics determined by participants

Saturday IYILS Dinner Social

Location: Shq'apthut - Gathering Place, VIU

Time to socialize, unwind, eat, and enjoy a performance by Saltwater Hank!

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Location: Shq'apthut - Gathering Place, VIU


Revitalization of Indigenous Law with Maxine Matilpi

Language Revitalization Panel

Confirmed Panelists include Pepakiye - Ashley Cooper and Jacqueline Jim

(more will be added once confirmed!)

Breakout Discussion Circles

Afternoon Workshops! 

Confirmed workshops include:

Beading with Alli Matchett

Astrology with Tiffany Joseph

Self Care with Lindsay Delaronde

Traditional Tattooing with Stephanie Papik

Indigenous music and songwriting with Sister Says

Community-based research methodologies related to film making and curating with Eli Hirtle

(more will be added once confirmed!)

Sunday Dinner and Participant Performances

Location: Shq'apthut - Gathering Place, VIU

Dinner with participant performances, talent show style!

Monday, July 1, 2019

Location: Shq'apthut - Gathering Place, VIU

Reflections and Closing Circle

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Getting There


Vancouver Island


Nanaimo, BC

Friday, June 28 - Monday, July 1 2019

Accommodation will be covered for participants during the symposium, but unfortunately, we cannot support travel expenses this year. If you have any questions or concerns don't hesitate to get in touch!

Application Form

Application Form

We are looking for 50 innovative young Indigenous leaders, age 19 to 30's, who are doing work within their communities to create strong, healthy and vibrant Indigenous futures.

Applications are open to Indigenous people living in BC.

We welcome applications from all areas of work, school, and practice.

Deadline to Apply extended to June 5th, 2019!

Please use the following Google Form to apply.

Getting There
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