Urban Native Youth Association

The Urban Native Youth Association is a non-profit organization based in Vancouver.  The organization provides support for Indigenous youth who are living off-reserve in Vancouver.  “UNYA’S mandate is to provide meaningful opportunities for Native youth (Aboriginal, Metis, Inuit, First Nations, Status, Non-Status) in the urban setting. Our goal is to be a safe place for Native youth to come and find out about programs and services at UNYA and in the broader community.”  The website is an example of how groups and Indigenous communities are using technology to reach community members.

The website has multiple resources including information on parenting, health, eating on a budget, empowering youth, sexual exploitation, sports and rec, GLBTQT/ Two-Spirited Youth issues, and post-secondary education. As well, there are links to multiple news articles focusing on indigenous education issues such as: curriculum, Aboriginal Focus School, and graduation.

I felt this site was a worthwhile read because it targets urban Aboriginal youth (which my paper is focused on), is a technological forum for support, and presents pertinent issues for its audience.



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