Weshkiniijig translates to “those who are youthful” in Anishnaabemowin.  The Youth Program began in 2018 with one Program Coordinator.  Program goals and objectives are created by the two main funding sources; Ministry of Health and Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries The program aims to enhance the leadership skills of both youth and those that work with youth to better meet their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs.


A Youth Planning Circle builds leadership skills of youth as they assist in Retreat and Workshop planning and facilitation.  The Youth Planning Circle members represent the regions of the province.  The team consists of the Youth Coordinator, Youth Program Assistant and Anishinabek Nation youth ages 16 – 29 years.  We are always looking for new members, so reach out if you are interested!

2019 Youth Planning Circle Members: Left to right

Pierre Bourassa,
(Nipissing First Nation)
Jasmine Michel
(Nipissing First Nation)
Sarita Bellefeuille
(Nipissing First Nation)
Jordyn Cassandra Commanda
(Nipissing First Nation)
Brittnay Gauthier-Meunier
(Michipicoten First Nation)
Sarah Blackwell, Coordinator
(Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation)
Joe Mcleod, Assistant
(Nipissing First Nation)
Mathew Gauthier
(Michipicoten First Nation)







Gokomis Virginia Goulais is the Grandmother that attends many of our Youth retreats and workshops. She assists in planning, facilitation and provides guidance and laughter to everyone and is a part of the Planning Circle.





(2018) Sarah Blackwell, Youth Coordinator and Megan Goulais of the Anishinabek Nation at the Wahniigaaniwat Youth Summit at at Nipissing University

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