Northern Youth Leadership (NYL) brings together youth from across the Northwest Territories for remote on the land camps in our spectacular territory.
NYL camps facilitate the development of leadership skills, inspire confidence, and help youth develop the inner and outer resources needed to overcome challenges, reach their full potential, and create positive change in their communities.
NYL was started by two Yellowknifers that experienced first-hand the sense of accomplishment and confidence that comes from stepping outside of your comfort zone and realizing a goal. They wanted to share this transformational experience with youth from across the NWT and started Northern Youth Leadership (formerly Taiga Camp). NYL continues this legacy by offering a diverse range of unique and innovative programming for youth.
In 2018, NYL hosted the following camps:
2018 Spring Camp: girls aged 12 – 16 spent a week at Blachford Lake Lodge learning traditional Indigenous land skills, participating in arts activities, and experimenting with new athletic pursuits.
Gana River Boys Leadership Camp: an 8-day camp in the Mackenzie Mountains for boys aged 11 – 13. The boys hiked, fished, swam, canoed, and learned survival and traditional skills.
Keele River Expedition: 12 youth aged 14 -17 paddled the Keele River through a partnership with the Ayalik Fund and Canoe North Adventures.
North Arm Advanced Leadership Canoe Camp: an 11-day paddle for youth aged 13 – 16. They paddled 130km along the North Arm of Great Slave Lake from Behchokǫ to Yellowknife.
Girls Leadership Canoe Trip: Girls aged 13 – 16 spent a week paddling and learning survival skills in the Ingraham Trail area outside Yellowknife.
NYL Youth Forum: 22 youth aged 14 – 16 from Yukon, NWT, Nunavut, Nunatsiavut and Nunavik spent a week in Dettah. They participated in a cultural exchange, discussed shared challenges across the North, and engaged in traditional cultural activities.
Northern Youth Leadership is a project on Tides Canada’s Shared Platform, which supports on-the-ground efforts to create uncommon solutions for the common good. Tides Canada is a national Canadian charity dedicated to a healthy environment, social equity, and economic prosperity. The Shared Platform provides governance, human resources, financial, and grant management for leading environmental and social projects across Canada, allowing projects to more effectively achieve their missions.
For further information on NYL, our programs or to get involved as a participant, sponsor or team member – please contact us.