Saskatchewan Indigenous youth selected for international internship

June 17th, 2019

Saskatchewan Indigenous youth selected for international internship

Saskatoon, SK- Two Indigenous youth, Gavin Blondeau (21 years old) from Saskatoon and Prestin Fleming (27 years old) from Stanley Mission, 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

They are among 20 Indigenous youth from across Canada who have been selected for this opportunity to work and live overseas with a non-profit organization. This includes organizations in Costa Rica, Kenya, Guyana, 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.

Blondeau, a member of the Métis community, will be working with the Rift Valley Resource Centre and Run for Life in Kenya. He will be assisting with programs related to clean water and environmental conservation, as well as community sustainability.

Fleming, part of the Oglala Sioux, will travel to Guyana to work with the Volunteer Youth Corps Inc, working on various projects to help improve quality of life for children and youth.

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


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.