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Qalipu youth to elect representative for band council

CORNER BROOK, N.L. —

The Qalipu First Nation is adding a youth seat at its council table. That person will be chosen during the first Mawita’jik Maljewe’jk (youth gathering) at West Haven in Pasadena from Sept. 13-15. 
The gathering will see three youth, age 16-28, from each of the band’s nine wards brought together to hold an election.
In a press release from the band, Randy Drover, central vice-chief and chair of the youth gathering planning committee, said one of Qalipu’s core values is respect for the input of all members.
“Empowering our young people to lead and learn important knowledge from their elders is a pillar of success for our First Nation. It is through listening to all our people that council can effect positive change,” he said.
The gathering will also focus on connecting youth with elders through cultural teachings, hearing the issues and concerns of youth delegates and guiding youth to form resolutions to impact change. 
It will include traditional ceremony, teachings, roundtables focused on learning and leadership, drumming, singing and plenty of opportunity to network and enjoy time outside around the campfire.
Youth interested in attending the gathering can register through a link on the band’s website, www.qalipu.ca.

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