Each year the Cree Nation Youth Council in Partnership with entities from across the territory organizes the Inspire Hope Conference. The event was established with the goal of providing youth with opportunities to learn, develop motivation and goals while also hearing from leaders, entities and Cree organizations that are available to support them. This year’s theme was “Keeping our Identity Strong” focusing on ideas of culture, language and how youth can connect with their history and Cree identity in the current day.
This theme resonates with the 2019 signing of the Cree Languages Act and the recognized need to provide support and dialogue on the preservation of Cree Language and cultural practices. The event was organized over the course of three days, with each day focusing on a different theme:
- Culture, Language and Life Skills
- Capacity Building
- Mental Health and Wellness