Sixty per cent of all Indigenous people live in cities and are Canada’s fastest growing demographic. Youth make up almost 60% of the overall Indigenous population. The need for Indigenous youth services in Vancouver has never been greater than it is today.
We continue to focus much of our efforts on community development, and to that end, we offer training on youth issues, serve on community steering committees, conduct surveys and research, develop innovative programs, hire and train youth, participate on the Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council (MVAEC), and are continually creating partnerships to expand services for Indigenous youth.
After almost 30 years, UNYA has a proven model that works, and that’s delivering great results. We’re proud of the transformational role we’ve played in the lives of Indigenous youth in Vancouver, but there’s so much more that we can do.