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Youth invited to weekend dialogue summit

June 8 2012 Hosted by Vancouver Dialogues and citizenU, the summit will address issues of shared interests including combatting stereotypes and misunderstanding, celebrating cultural diversity and forging new relationships.

The summit name, hi:yaýəs (pronounced HEE-yah-ehs), means “working as a group” in the language of the Musqueam people.

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First Nations, urban Aboriginal, immigrant and non-immigrant youth are invited to participate in a unique summit June 15, 16 and 17. Hosted by Vancouver Dialogues and citizenU, the summit will address issues of shared interests including combatting stereotypes and misunderstanding, celebrating cultural diversity and forging new relationships.

The summit name, hi:yaýəs (pronounced HEE-yah-ehs), means “working as a group” in the language of the Musqueam people.

The two-and-half-day summit will feature keynote speaker Wade Grant of the Musqueam First Nation. Skill-building workshops will be facilitated by young community leaders including Alden Habacon of Schema magazine, writer/videographer Kai Nagata, Gen Why Media Project’s Tara Mahoney and Fiona Rayher, and Jeska Slater, Cree founder of Young Artist Warriors, who will lead a session on “From Rez to Resilience.” The event will be video-documented by ReelYouth.

The summit takes place Friday, June 15, 4 pm to 8 pm at Vancouver City Hall; Saturday, June 16, 9 am to 6 pm; and, Sunday and June 17, 9:30 am to 4 pm at SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue.

Registration is free, however seating is limited. Deadline to register is June 11, 2012 at 4 pm. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Details and registration is online at www.dialoguesyouthyvr.com.

The Vancouver Dialogues Project is made possible through funding from the Government of Canada, Province of British Columbia and the City of Vancouver.