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

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.

Shyla Elgie, Youth Representative

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

Renee Wilson, BC Rep to NAFC Youth Council

Renee Wilson, of Gitxsan Nation, is from the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre. Renee is the Youth Representative on the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centres Board of Directors. She also holds a position on the National Aboriginal Youth Council and the National Association of Friendship Centres.

Diana Charlie-Iraheta, Member

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.