Baffin Regional Youth Council prepares for AGM


The executive committee of the Baffin Regional Youth Council met in Iqaluit from January 21-24 to prepare for the organization’s annual general meeting in Cape Dorset in April.

During the AGM, delegates will elect a new president, vice-president, and member-at-large representative.

They will also discuss how to better partner with elders. Eric Nutarariaq, president of the BRYC, said the main challenge will be outlining how the partnership will work. He said he knows the elders will guide them and help them make decisions, but he also hopes they’ll be open to youth helping them as well.

During their AGM in Sanikiluaq in 2000, delegates decided to lobby Inuit organizations and the Nunavut government to create a healing week in response to the issue of youth suicide.

But because of staffing problems with their parent organization, the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, the lobbying work was not done.

Nutarariaq said youth council delegates will return to the issue and see how Baffin youth want to deal with it.

Another issue they’ll deal with is communications. During the AGM in Sanikiluaq, youth representatives from all the Baffin communities received a laptop computer to improve communications between community youth groups and the youth council.

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