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About Us

A Brief History of UNYA
UNYA is a registered not-for-profit society and federal charitable organization formed in 1988 to address Indigenous youth concerns. Almost 30 years later, young Indigenous people continue to arrive in Metro Vancouver with few job skills, minimal training or education, and little or no knowledge of where to go for help. UNYA is meeting this need by helping Vancouver’s Indigenous youth to explore their personal goals in a fun, safe and healthy environment. 
We have over twenty programs, over one 175 volunteers, almost 100 full and part-time staff, 300+ community partners, and an annual operating budget of approximately $4.3 million. 

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. 

Training the Leaders of Tomorrow

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