Northern Indigenous youth selected for international internship

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 17th, 2019

Northern Indigenous youth selected for international internship

Whitehorse, YK- Seven Indigenous youth from the territories have been chosen from a national competition to participate in a four-month overseas internship program. More information about the program can be found at https://www.acic-caci.org/acic-internships.

Blake Gardebois from Fort Good Hope, Jesse Hudson, Samantha McKim, and Nikita Sawrenko-Baily from Whitehorse, Juliane Isaiah-Tanche from Fort Simpson, Taneshia Jules from Teslin, and Jessica Olson from Ross River are among 20 youth from across Canada selected to participate in this internship, where they will work and live overseas with a non-profit organization. The interns will be headed to Costa Rica, Guyana, Kenya, Myanmar and Nepal.

The program is a partnership between the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation, the Northern Council for Global Cooperation, BYTE Empowering Youth, the Confederation of Mainland Mi’kmaq, the Native Council of PEI and GPI Atlantic.

Juliane Isaiah-Tanche will be travelling to Costa Rica to work with the Alianza Nacional Rios y Cuencas de Costa Rica (ANRCCR) and the Asociación de Mujeres Indígenas de Talamanca (ACOMUITA). She will be providing program support on projects related to sustainable development and quality education.

Jessica Olson will be an intern for the Volunteer Youth Corps Inc in Guyana, working on various projects to help improve quality of life for children and youth.

Blake Gardebois and Samantha McKim will be doing their internships with the Rift Valley Resource Center and Run for Life in Kenya. They will be assisting with programs related to clean water and environmental conservation, as well as community sustainability.

Nikita Sawrenko-Bailey will be travelling to Myanmar to work with the Thai Volunteer Service and the Kalyana Mitta Development Foundation. She will be facilitating projects related to women and youth’s empowerment in the country.

Jesse Hudson and Tanseshia Jules will be doing their internship at the Rural Institute for Community Development in Nepal, where they will provide support for programs related to women and children’s access to health and education.

The interns will meet in Ottawa for pre-departure training in August, before departing for their internships.

For more information and interviews with youth, please contact:

Emma Craig
Communications Assistant, ACIC
902-431-2311
E-mail: emma.c@acic-caci.org
Website: www.acic-caci.org/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AtlanticCouncilforInternationalCooperation/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ACIC  

Background:

The Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC) is a coalition of individuals, organizations, and institutions working in the Atlantic region, which are committed to achieving global sustainability in a peaceful and healthy environment, with social justice, human dignity, and participation for all. ACIC supports its members in international cooperation and education through collective leadership, networking, information, training and coordination, and represents their interests when dealing with government and others.

ACIC also takes a leadership role in engaging Atlantic Canadians around issues relating to international development, global sustainability, and social justice. Through our public engagement work, ACIC strives to give Atlantic Canadians the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to become active global citizens.

ACIC is a rich and vibrant coalition; our varied members - over 60 in the Atlantic Provinces - are united by our strong commitment to building a better world. Please check the members page for more details on ACIC's membership.

The Northern Council for Global Cooperation (NCGC) is a network of individuals, organizations and institutions based in Canada's three Northern Territories: Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. NCGC works to include our whole community through educational programming, community networking, supporting projects that align with our mission and vision, and dismantling knowledge and skill barriers through a commitment to social justice. NCGC is committed to achieving sustainable global development that is just, inclusive, and respectful of the environment and all cultures.