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 2019, NYL hosted the following camps:
Spring Leadership Camp: 20 youth participated in day programming where they learned traditional land-based skills, learned about traditional Indigenous lifestyles, and participated in Indigenous arts activities including beading and fish scale art.
Gana River Girls Leadership Camp: Youth spent a week at Gana River Lodge learning survival skills, connecting with Indigenous Knowledge Holders, and spent time outside hiking, swimming, canoeing and fishing.
North Arm Advanced Leadership Canoe Camp: Youth paddled 130km from Yellowknife to Behchokǫ along the North Arm of Great Slave Lake. When they weren’t paddling, youth enjoyed fishing, swimming, and practicing land skills.
Boys Leadership Canoe Trip: Youth spent a week paddling in the Ingraham Trail area outside Yellowknife, and and learning survival skills from an Indigenous Knowledge Holder.
NYL Youth Forum: Youth from Yukon, NWT, Nunavut, Nunatsiavut and Nunavik spent a week camped along the Yellowknife River. They participated in a cultural exchange, discussed shared challenges across the North, and engaged in traditional cultural activities.
Science Expedition: Youth spent four days aboard a research vessel on the East Arm of Great Slave Lake. During the expedition, youth had an opportunity to participate hands-on in scientific research and job-shadow the Captain, Engineers, and Crew.
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.