Cree Youth Development Funds

Programs & Eligibility

Cree Nation Youth Council offers programs and services under 6 main areas:

1. Education and Support

Programs in this category are required to show positive outcomes for participants and or the Youth of Eeyou Istchee related to education and support for students. Some examples of programs admissible for funding would include:

  • Programs targeting dropout and absenteeism rates
  • School Clubs promoting sports, educational activities or Culture and Arts.
  • Other

2. Health and Active Living

Programs in this category are required to show positive outcomes for Participants or the Youth of Eeyou Istchee related to Health and Active Living. Some examples of these program may be:

  • Canoe excursions and traditional pursuits on the land
  • Sports camps and summer activities for youth
  • Healthy eating and cooking workshops
  • Programs addressing Diabetes in Youth and Prevention
  • Nutrition programs targeting youth
  • Other programs designed to address the health and wellbeing of the youth

3- Culture and Tradition

Programs in this category are required to show positive outcomes for Participants or the Youth of Eeyou Istchee related to Culture and Tradition. We encourage all applicant to integrate culture and Tradition in their submissions. We can have for example healthy eating and active living programs in a traditional setting or using traditional activities. Some examples of these program may be:

  • Winter Journey Walks
  • Traditional games (Summer, Winter)
  • Traditional medicine, traditional crafts
  • Program Promoting Cree Language for Youth
  • Cabin building skills, bush skills
  • Cross cultural exchanges
  • Other programs targeting Cree culture and tradition

4- Business and Employment

Programs in this category are required to show positive outcomes for Participants or the Youth of Eeyou Istchee related to Business and employment. Some examples of these program may be:

  • Mentor ship in business for youth
  • Youth entrepreneur programs
  • Youth workforce or skills development programs
  • Other business and employment programs targeting youth

5- Personal and Social Development

Programs in this category are expected to deliver positive results for youth in the areas of personal and social development. Some examples of these programs may be:

  • Programs that address issues such as self-esteem, bullying and conflict resolution
  • Life Skills programs for youth
  • Programs that assist at risk youth
  • Parenting workshops or events for young parents
  • Programs that provide healing for social and personal barriers
  • Other programs or services creating positive outcomes for youth in personal and social development

6- Citizenship and Participation

Programs in this category are expected to deliver positive results for youth in the areas of citizenship and participation. Some examples of these programs may be:

  • Youth led change programs that address community and regional issues
  • Youth current events radio show
  • Mentorship and Shadowing programs in leadership
  • Youth volunteer programs addressing civic/environmental issues

Program Eligibility

All of the following within Eeyou Istchee are eligible to apply for funding:

  • Non-profit community organizations, societies, and associations which have voluntarily associated themselves for a non-profit purpose;
  • Regional institutions/boards of education;
  • Bands, First Nations, local Youth Councils, local and regional Aboriginal organizations;
  • Private sector organizations if such organizations will not make a profit on the program;
  • For-profit enterprises, research/evaluation

Priority of Applications

Cree Nation Youth Council will give priority to applications that:

  • Display shared costs and partnerships.
  • We also prioritize applications with the ability to integrate culture and tradition into your program.
  • Programs that target “At Risk “youth
  • Programs that assist youth with disabilities
  • Programs that encourage a reengagement with the school system
  • Programs that are delivered in the Cree Communities

All applications to Cree Nation Youth Council are subject to available funding at the time of the application.

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