First Directions Indigenous Youth HIV Leadership & Video Making Workshop

This event is located on the traditional territory of the S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō), W̱SÁNEĆ and Kwantlen.

First Directions: Reclaiming our Bodies is a free program for Indigenous youth in British Columbia. During First Directions, youth travel to Langley, BC, and will stay in shared accommodations with other Indigenous youth, supervised by YouthCO staff.

At First Directions, we bring Indigenous youth together from across the province to develop short videos on topics youth choose related to Indigenous youth health and wellness. During First Directions, a group of 15-25 Indigenous youth will:

  • Travel to a shared accommodation retreat centre in Langley, BC, supervised by the Yúusnewas staff team
  • Receive training on HIV, sexual health, harm reduction, and how colonization has affected our health—and what we can do about it
  • Learn how to create a video, including how to use film equipment, create a storyboard, and edit their work
  • Working in small groups, develop a film on a topic of their choice related to Indigenous youth health and wellness

After First Directions, Indigenous youth will receive a copy of their final video in the mail. Along with their adult mentor, Indigenous youth will have the opportunity to host a community gathering where they show their film.

This event is free: YouthCO will cover travel costs to and from the workshop as well as meals and accommodations during the training to participants whose applications are accepted. We will work with families and communities to ensure safe transportation for all youth.

Applications are being accepted until the program is full.

Visit the program page to see a full description and how to apply.