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NAHO National Role Model Program

April 7th, 2008     by Thea Lim     Comments

From Guest Blogger Jessica Yee:

I am damn happy to be of Native ancestry. I take a real look around and see that we as Aboriginal peoples have so much to be proud of! The media continuously paints ignorant and negative pictures of our peoples and our ways. But our heritage, our culture, and our traditions give us the tenacity to endure many feats and the strength to climb many mountains. It’s time to recognize those on the forefront making a difference for future generations, our YOUTH! The National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) calls Aboriginal youth ages 18-30 to nominate other Aboriginal youth for the National Role Model Program who are making waves in their community.

The program which began in 2004 aims to:-promote healthy self-esteem among Aboriginal Peoples -strengthen Aboriginal identity -enhance a positive public image of Aboriginal Peoples -facilitate availability of Aboriginal role models to Aboriginal youth and communities -influence behaviours and attitudes of Aboriginal youth toward healthy lifestyles -foster Aboriginal-inspired leadership

The deadline to submit was March 28 so stay tuned for the winners!

Not Aboriginal? We all have a responsiblity to ensure the First Peoples of this land are being recognized and viewed in the light we deserve to be seen in. Contact the program to have a Role Model visit and learn about the amazing things Indigneous youth are doing to effect positive change across the country.

Start looking out for Aboriginal role models in your community to nominate for next year!

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