Wabun Tribal Council is committed to providing support services and programs for First Nation youth in its member communities. Wabun Health Services provides a several programs for youth, adults and Elders as well as hosting events to bring these groups together during the year.
One of the most prominent events held for youth in the Tribal Council area is the Annual Wabun Youth Gathering. The Wabun Youth Gathering came out of the vision and guidance of the late Elder Thomas Saunders, Brunswick House FN, who wanted to see the Wabun communities coming together in one gathering. Jean Lemieux, Wabun Health Director explained that Elder Saunders shared this vision with her several years ago and that this dream is now becoming a reality through the Annual Wabun Youth Gathering and the additions of the Elders Gathering and the Men’s and Women’s Conferences held each year.
“We are starting to see the formation of the community circle where these gatherings are encompassing all age groups and every member of our First Nations. This was the vision that Elder Saunders had asked us to follow. These gatherings are allowing our youth, our members and our Elders to reconnect to our cultural identity and bring the balance that we need in our lives,” said Lemieux.
She added that these gatherings could not be possible without the support of the Wabun Board of Directors, who are the Chiefs of the Wabun First Nation communities.
“I give a big thanks to the Wabun Chiefs for their support over the years and to our Executive Director, Shawn Batise and the Wabun staff,” said Lemieux.
Wabun Youth Gathering organizers are also grateful to Health Canada, First Nation and Inuit Health Branch for their support in previous years.
Visit the Wabun Youth Gathering website for more information at: www.wabunyouthgathering.com
Photos, Videos and stories are posted at the Youth Gathering website from the past four years.