Accomplishments in the Community
As BUAPC has taken on many roles in the community, we strive to get the community involved through consultations, workshops and conferences such as:
- Youths in Momentum Conferences 2013/2014
- Community Consultation - July 2014
- Embracing Our Youth Conference
- Engaging Momentum Conference
- Positive Profiles Video Project
- Aboriginal Youth Mentorship Program
- Together Towards Tomorrow Conference
- Community Forums and Meetings
- Pushing The Limits - Aboriginal Youth Conference
- Shaping The Future Luncheon and Conference
- BUAPC and the City of Brandon - Aboriginal Economic Strategic Plan 2015 - 2018
- Succession Study of Aboriginal Students
- Needs and Gaps Analysis of Aboriginal Youth and Employment
- BUAPC and City of Brandon Memorandum of Understanding (signed on July 20, 2016)
Please stay tuned for future events happening through BUAPC. If you have an event that you would like to share with BUAPC, please contact us through the contact page.
Inspiring Aboriginal Youth and Mentoring the future workforce
September 1, 2015
The 2015 Aboriginal Youth Mentorship Program (AYMP), offered by the City of Brandon and the Brandon Urban Aboriginal Peoples’ Council, continues to encourage its young participants in reaching for their goals. The program, which launched at the beginning of July, looked to offer training opportunities and provided participants a chance to try on different department “shoes” throughout areas within the City of Brandon government organization.
The first intake of the program looked to provide 8 students between the ages of 16-24 years old with opportunities to acquire training and certification, all while learning about the operational services within departments of the City of Brandon. The two-month program worked in partnership with the following departments: Brandon Fire & Emergency Services, the Brandon Police Service, Information Technology, Parks and Recreation, Wastewater Management, City Clerk’s Office, Economic Development, Planning & Engineering, and Community Development.
WHMIS, First Aid CPR, service agency tours, learning workshops and community outings are all part of the framework within the AYMP.
“Working with our community partners has made the program a huge success and we wouldn’t have been able to do it alone. We thank everyone in the community for their participation with the AYMP,” says Jason Gobeil, Aboriginal Community Coordinator with the Brandon Urban Aboriginal Peoples’ Council.
When asked about the program, one of its participants had this to say: “My experience was eventful and amazing. It taught me so much and helped me find out what I aspire to be in life. I want to become a cross-trained paramedic/firefighter. They showed me that it’s rewarding to help others. That’s what I want to be … I wouldn’t have found this out without this program.”
The program has now moved into its second intake and is currently working with 8 new participants through the months of September and October, offering training and learning about the City’s departmental services. BUAPC and the City of Brandon, with the support of funding gained through the Urban Partnerships Program with the Manitoba Association of Friendship Centres, are pleased to be able to offer these opportunities to Aboriginal youth in the community.
(Left to right) AYMP Participants: Andrena Bayer, Mitchell Mozdzen, Jordan Easter, Toni Bouchey, Hayden Madison, Denim Zong & Sheree Blacksmith – AYMP Coordinator