Provincial Aboriginal Youth Council

Provincial Aboriginal Youth Council (PAYC) 
  • Represents youth voices at a provincial level
  • Implements province-wide initiatives to benefit Indigenous youth
  • Provides a network of communication connecting youth to the Friendship Centre Movement
  • Encourages and supports BC Friendship Centres to develop strong local youth councils
  • Acts as a liaison between Friendship Centre youth councils, PAYC, and the BCAAFC Board of Directors
  • Co-hosts the annual Gathering Our Voices (GOV) Indigenous Youth Leadership Training event with the BCAAFC, local Friendship Centre and Nations

Council Members

Shyla Elgie, Youth Representative on BCAAFC Board of Directors

Shyla Elgie is from Prince George Native Friendship Centre. She is the youth representative on the BCAAFC Board of Directors.

Elijah Mack-Stirling, Special Projects

Elijah Mack is from Conayt Friendship Society in Merritt, but his origins are from the small village of Bella Coola, BC. He is the National Association of Friendship Centers Youth Executive and holds a position on the BCAAFC Board of Directors.

Zoe George, BC Representative to National Youth Council (NAFC)


Diana Charlie-Iraheta, Unified Aboriginal Youth Collective (UAYC) Representative

Diana Charlie-Iraheta, of Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nation, is from Sacred Wolf Friendship Centre in Port Hardy. She is also a member of the Unified Aboriginal Youth Collective and the chair of her nation’s youth council.