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Youth Explosion great for young Morley residents

May 12 is Mother’s Day, and it’s not every Mother’s Day that we celebrate the gifts and abilities of our youth.

May 12 is Mother’s Day, and it’s not every Mother’s Day that we celebrate the gifts and abilities of our youth.

You’re invited to join in a celebration of aboriginal youth voices at the second annual Aboriginal Youth Explosion at Mount Royal University’s Ross Glen Hall from noon to 5 p.m.

The Aboriginal Youth Explosion will feature the talents of aboriginal culture from dance, art, song and public speaking. The purpose of this gathering is to represent who we are as people for those who wish to learn and share the culture around the Calgary area. I will be speaking at the event, and I’m getting nervous because this is something big.

Speaking for something bigger than yourself is intimidating, but at the end of the day, the Creator made this event for a reason: for us to speak out about who we are as people. I believe we all have different cultures for a reason, and the No. 1 thing is to respect one another’s beliefs and to learn from each other.

I hope to see everyone at the celebration, as we grow and prosper.

Youth engagement

Stoney Nation Youth Engagement Strategy is open to all three Morley bands. The program is for youth 14 to 17 and aims to create an environment they can learn and progress, within our community.

The program would thrive with more youth representatives, so if you are interested feel free to drop a resume off.

There is also a steering committee meeting, for anyone interested, at the beginning of each month to better prepare our engagement activities. The next meeting will be held today (May 8) at noon at the Bearspaw Youth Centre. They will have after-school recreation and cultural activities for those who attend. Parents are also invited, which would help create a connection in our community. There is a registration form if you’re interested in joining us, and for more information please contact Cathy Bearspaw at the centre. We hope to see you there.

Finally, there will be a Wesley First Nations community meeting May 10 at 10 a.m. at the Wesley Trades Middle Bay. Hope to see community members present, as there will be information detailing changes that will be happening within our community in the near future.