The Provincial Aboriginal Youth Council (PAYC) is made up of youth aged 14-24 who are involved with Friendship Centres across BC. 

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PAYC strives to:

  • represent youth voices at a provincial level
  • implement province-wide initiatives to benefit Aboriginal youth
  • provide a network of communication in which youth can learn about other friendship centres, both provincially and nationally, and the Friendship centre movement as a whole.
  • encourage and support BC Friendship Centres to develop strong local youth councils.
  • act as a liaison between Friendship Centre youth councils, PAYC, and the BCAAFC Board of Directors.

 

Provincial Aboriginal Youth Council

Ken Watts (Wahmeesh)

I had the amazing opportunity to be a former employee of the BCAAFC as the Youth Conference Coordinator and providing support in the coordination of PAYC. Over the years I witnessed not only individual youth grow, but PAYC grow in terms of its relationships with government(s) and other organizations. Through the Unified Aboriginal Youth Collective (UAYC), PAYC was a part of creating meaningful dialogue through an MOU with the Province of BC.

I was inspired to see Aboriginal youth of all ages and walks of life, take on the responsibility of being a member of PAYC on behalf of the BCAAFC. Many of our young people living away from home and urban centres often feel as though they have no voice, PAYC has created that window of opportunity for Aboriginal youth living away from home to be heard.

Ken Watts (Wahmeesh)

Vice President, Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council

"I was honoured to always see that the friendship centre movement provided youth the space to be a part of their governance at the local friendship centre level, to the provincial and national levels."

Provincial Aboriginal Youth Council

Dr. Lester (Todd) Alec

I am a former PAYC member and was on the Executive 2007-2008. I was the Youth Representative on the BCAAFC Executive Committee from 2008 to 2011 and the Youth Representative on National Association of Friendship Centre Executive Committee from 2011 to 2012.

I had the pleasure to gain an understanding of working with some compassionate workers who advocated for Urban Aboriginal People. I had great mentors who showed me how to conduct myself and had great teachings that will help me as a Physician and other roles that I will be doing. I highly recommend working with you local centre and accessing the available opportunities as had many memorable experiences as a Youth Representative.

I recently graduated from the Northern Medical Program in Prince George in May 2016 and in the UBC Family Practice Residency Program in Prince George.

Dr. Lester (Todd) Alec

UBC Family Practice Residency

"I had great mentors who showed me how to conduct myself and had great teachings that will help me as a Physician and other roles that I will be doing. "