Iqaluit, Nunavut – The Canadian Arctic is a vast region with a rich and varied history. In 2018, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard created Arctic Regions in the spirit of reconciliation to acknowledge and address the unique realities of this area while advancing collaboration with Northerners. As part of this goal, we are launching a departmental Arctic Youth Council. This will enable us to better understand local needs and priorities, and deliver essential and innovative services specific to the Arctic Regions.
We envision a workforce that is representative of the populations they serve, which is why Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard want to hear directly from young people and are recruiting passionate Inuit, First Nations, and Métis leaders aged 18-30 to join our team in a leadership position. The Arctic Youth Council will provide young people in the North with the opportunity to learn about our Department and advise us on what initiatives are most important to them, their peers, and their communities. This is an opportunity to positively impact the way Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard operate in the North and serve Northerners.
We are looking for members from the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik, Nunatsiavut, James Bay, Northern Ontario, and Hudson Bay. Membership in the Arctic Youth Council requires a one-year commitment of 10-20 hours a month. Council members will be compensated for their time.