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Welcome to UNYA!

As Metro Vancouver's only Native youth program-providing organization, we work to empower Native youth through our 21 programs which include education & training, personal support, live-in programs, and sports & recreation. Each program works with different age groups, so please check our programs and activities pages or UNYA brochure for more info. To find other community resources, please see our links page. Our work also includes community development, training, research, educational materials, and advocacy. Our main goal is to provide opportunities that can help Native youth to reach their full potential and personal goals. 

What’s New?

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Young Bears Lodge Open House - Thursday, November 5, 2015
Come learn more about our new, enhanced program model at Young Bears Lodge!  YBL is a 16-week live-in, culturally-based empowerment program for Native youth aged 13-18 years, who want to overcome substance abuse and/or misuse.  For more info: check out our Open House poster or phone YBL at 604-322-7577.
New Native Youth Health & Wellness Centre is open!

UNYA's new Health and Wellness Centre for Native youth is now open for business!  This 'one-stop' storefront is part of our efforts to make holistic health care services more accessible to Native youth.  For info on hours and services available, check out our flyer.

Through an exciting new partnership with Providence Health Care, a Nurse Practitioner (NP) provides primary health care at 1640 East Hastings Street.  The new NP has become an important part of the UNYA team.  She can work with youth to help fulfill your health care needs, and can see you for regular checkups, or when you are feeling unwell.  NP's are able to order & interpret tests, diagnose, prescribe medications, and treat health conditions.  The NP can coordinate your care with other healthcare providers, much like a family doctor does.  The NP offers these primary care services as part of Providence Health Care's Inner City Youth (ICY) program.  

We are also excited to form a partnership with two Registered Midwives from the Strathcona Midwifery Collective, who are providing outreach midwifery care for pregnant young women and their families.  UNYA's Alcohol & Drug Counsellors and Aboriginal Wellness Counsellor (mental health) are also offering services at the Centre, including individual counselling, group sessions, and referrals.  We continue to seek other partnerships to bring in health professionals who can provide welcoming, safe, and relevant services to Native youth, so keep your ears open for more exciting news in the future!


Keep warm this fall with a cozy UNYA hoodie or toque.  
We can
now accept credit cards!  Currently, we can only accept credit cards for UNYA Gear sales or donations either in person or over the phone. 
2014 Bentwood Box Auction raised over $46,985! 
  Click here for more info.

Sale of First Nations 101 book is benefitting UNYA
Our former Executive Director Lynda Gray is donating $1 from the sale of each First Nations 101 book to our Native Youth Centre capital campaign.  Check out this resource at 

Training the Leaders of Tomorrow

1618 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V5L 1S6 Call: (604) 254-7732 Email: