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August 17th, 2017

Sam fills us in with his adventures in Kingston

Hello, my name is Samuel Panikpa Ootoova and I am fifteen years old. I will be talking about my experience in Kingston, Ontario. This is (was) my first time going down south alone. I made many memories during my time in Ottawa at orientation and re-orientation and Kingston where my placement was. The friends I made I made during Orientation are really nice and the staff of NYA that stayed with us are also nice and really caring for the participants. The things we did at Orientation were really fun. We went swimming, learned how to budget, learned some first-aid basics, some safety tips, and had a cultural night (for both Nunavut and the North West Territories).

While I was in Kingston my placement buddy, Pualoosie Alorut, and I stayed with a host family who had eight cats. We had a lot of fun during our placement doing different things like kayaking and going to an arcade. We also went to a fundraising event for dogs.  While I was in Kingston I met so many nice people along the way over the past summer, most of which was at my Work placement called Panchancho which has a café, bakery, and does take out. Overall I really enjoyed my whole experience and would recommend it to anyone else wanting to get work experience and travel.

August 17th, 2017

We hear from Pauloosie about how his time was in Kingston, ON.

Hello, my name is Pauloosie Alorut and I am from Igloolik N.U. Me and my Placement Buddy Samuel Ootoova  are in a beautiful place called Kingston O.N.  My work placement is called Habitat for Humanity Restore, which is a second hand store that supports the Habitat for Humanity organization. The volunteer’s and worker’s here are great.

My host family are Jason, Sherri Mckane their daughter, Morgan who are a lovely and caring host family. They are like my parents now. There are a lot differences between the south and my hometown including a lot more public places, crowds of people and traffic, different languages and culture.

My favourite thing to do while on placement was go kayaking, because it was fun and it reminded me of my ancestors who used similar boats in the summer very year. Overall I really enjoyed my experience with the NYA Canadian program and would recommend it to anyone else wanting to broaden their opportunities.

August 17th, 2017

Seth shares his experience in Squamish, BC.

Hello my name is Seth Franki and I am 17 years old from the capital city of the Northwest Territories, Yellowknife with the population of 19,569 people. I am very grateful to be a participate of 2017 Northern Youth Abroad Canadian program. This program has taught me many things about myself and surroundings, like working with children age’s 5-10 years old, being a young adult living away from my home community and family has taught me how to be an independent youth worker.  I love to travel because it’s a great experience.
I was placed in Squamish, British Columbia which is an amazing place to be placed because there are lots of out-door activities like rock-climbing, hiking, mountain biking, sky-diving, white-water rafting, wind & kite surfing, heli & flight seeing, golf, stand-up paddling, kayaking, boating, sailing, fishing, canoeing, horse-back riding, scuba diving, snorkeling, nordic skiing, back country skiing and boarding, snowmobiling, tubing, tobogganing, eagle viewing, farmers market. I’m working at Ecole Squamish Elementary school day-care, Assistant worker. My duties are taking care, watching over the children, head counting, making sure the group of 20 kids stays safe, and together.

The population of Squamish is 19,512 people. Theres only a few months of winter and in the summer it gets very hot with the average weather temperature at 24°C/75°F in July and 2.9°C/37°F in January.

There are a lot of wild animals, that come behind my host family’s house including a family of 5 raccoons that come by, play around, and eat.

My host family Justin and Ken parry and very nice and out going folks. Ken likes to go on long mountain hikes, and Justin has multiple jobs for school which is cool cause I never seen someone work many jobs for school.

The best part  of my placement was that I got to travel from home as I have never travelled this far before.

On the first couple of days here in Squamish me and my buddy Dallas Sassie walked 6-7 km to downtown, to get used to Squamish and it was such a nice and hot sunny day. Our host family is up in Garibaldi Highlands, uptown and we walked all the way downtown which was good as it gave me and Dallas a chance to talk about the things we have in common.

Next year I’m hoping on joining NYA again for their international program because I have never been out of Canada before. I recommend being in Squamish, BC for those who are gonna be joining next year because it’s beautiful and amazing with lots of culture, events, views, and great weather.

 

August 9th, 2017

Shavanna shares her experience living in Ottawa

Hello, my name is Shavanna Oogark and I am from Kugaaruk, Nunavut.

I am placed in Ottawa, Onatario. My work placement is at The Canadian Nature Museum and my work is a lot of fun. To be honest I was nervous about my job because I knew there would have been people who spoke french and I didn’t. But I had another worker from here Ottawa Ontario who speaks french, her name is Lisa. I have loved working at The Canadian Nature Museum, as it is a very different job compared  jobs I have had in my community.

My host mom is very generous, kind, caring and beautiful. She helps a lot when she can and is simply an amazing person who accepted my buddy Charmaine Putulik into her house for the next 5 weeks. She has friends who are from Ecuador who live with her parents. Her parents names are Stand and Judy Wolanski and Their names are Carlos, Lula & Flavia, along with their daughter Flavia who is 7 years old and full of joy!

The difference between Ottawa and my community Kugaaruk Nunavut is that there is so many different stores to shop, farmer’s market, malls, clothing stores and much more. The population is much larger than my community. There is so many different jobs available for youth in Ottawa unlike in my community. There is a lot of bugs and different types of pets too in Ottawa, as well as the plants here are different than my home.

I have done so many adventures here in Ottawa and went on 2 different road trips so far. The first one was to Montreal Quebec for a day trip and toured the Bell Center where Montreal Canadiens play! I also went on another road trip to Petawawa Ontario with a high school teacher of mine. My teachers name is Lindi Andrews and she showed me The Army Base. In Ottawa I also went to a light show in a tunnel with my host mom and buddy, different malls, and zip lining! I also got about 5 teachers who live close to Ottawa to come here to see me for a dinner, which was great.

I did two presentations about my home community and territory which went great. I gave gifts I got from my Member Of Legislative Assembly named Emiliano Qirngnuq. They all loved the brand new pens as a gift I gave them after the presentation.

My time in the south was hard at first. I got homesick here and there but it eventually got better after I made a few friends at work which made me feel better and love my work even more as something to look forward to everyday at work.

I hope someone someday who has the same host community, work placement and my host mom Kari Wolanski enjoys every minute of their time here in Ottawa. It sure is very hard at first being away from home on your own, but trust me it get a lot better each and everyday.

It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity! Thank you for having the time to read my blog.

August 8th, 2017

Pearl has tried lots of new things in Chilliwack

My name is Pearlie Mae Howard and I am a 20 year old from a small town called Cambridge Bay, Nunavut with a population of 1,788 people. I am more than grateful to be accepted to the Northern Youth Abroad. Being a participant has taught me so many life lessons that I cannot wait to use very soon in my future. NYA has helped me gain leadership skills, they have helped me grow as a young adult all the way through to learning to travel on my own far away from my home community.

I was placed in Chilliwack, BC and I am a supervisor at the Chilliwack Central Elementary School Society with their Summer Fun Day Camp. My job is to look after children around the ages of 5-12 years old. I supervise the children with two very strong and inspiring women at the Day Camp. We plan and engage fun activities like arts and crafts, outdoor games and walks around the community from one park to another.

Chilliwack has a population of 87,000 people and what feels like hundreds of fun places to go; there are multiple water parks as well as lakes we can swim at and not only that but I’ve gone wake-boarding for the first time in my whole life, it was a great experience. There are multiple amusement parks that I’ve gone to, community libraries, skate and bike parks, recreational centres and tons of arts and culture museums. I’ve also gone through a food cycle where my host parents and I biked for 5 hours from farm to farm to learn a bit about what they do there and how they’re contributing all of it with the future. I also got to learn a bit whole bunch about this community; it is filled with bannock-loving Aboriginal people and during the summer breaks they hold pow-wows to show their community that their culture and people are still alive living among them. Archeological records date the presence of Aboriginal people in the area today known as Chilliwack and the Fraser Valley, to be approximately 10,000 years ago. At the time of first contact it is estimated that there may have been as many as 40,000 to 60,000 people living within Sto:lo territory. The Town of Chilliwack was incorporated in 1873, and is the third oldest municipality in British Columbia.

I have enjoyed my stay here and can see myself coming back here later in my future.

August 8th, 2017

Matt gives us an update from Belleville

Hey, my name is Matt Kanayok, I’m 17 and I’m from Ulukhaktok, NT. I’m currently in the Northern Youth Abroad program at the Canadian phase, meaning that other participants and I are placed all throughout Southern Canada to experience life in the south.

My placement is in Belleville, Ontario. Sadeedi (my placement buddy) and I are staying with Maggie and Billy, our super awesome host parents! Not to mention Monty, the cutest googly-eyed dog I have ever seen. 

My host parents are amazing and kind and I can keep going on, but to summarize they are the best and I can’t rightly express how grateful and appreciative I am of them.

The day after we arrived they took us to Waterfront, which is basically a carnival with so many new things that I never had the chance to try until then. One of our favorite rides was Zero Gravity, that didn’t require you to use any seatbelts because it spun and used centrifugal force to keep you on the ride, so you could just relax with your back against it. Least to say, it was definitely one of the best first day experiences I’ve ever had! We also did other cool things like attending a Pow Wow, going through the entirety of a 5-km run at foam fest, and checking out the nearby beach!

I work at the Quinte Arts Council and I’m currently in charge of managing and improving the online store, but I try to help out where I can. My coworkers are also very nice and welcoming people, and our chats together are always fun!

My time in Belleville has definitely been great and I love every moment of it so far! I’m so glad that I was chosen and that my mentor encouraged me to try in the first place. NYA has really allowed me to grow as a person and cultivate my own identity, meet incredible people I’m
happy to call friends, and to let me make new memories that I’ll definitely look back at fondly.

Thanks!

August 3rd, 2017

Danielle tells us about her expeirence in Port Alberni

Hi, my name is Danielle Mantla and I am from Gameti, Northwest Territories which is a small town,  with only about 300 people. I am very thankful to have been accepted to participate in the NYA Canadian program. Before I started my placement we had an orientation with everyone involved with the program and I got to meet some really amazing people. People that I can finally say are my friends.

After orientation my buddy and I travelled to our host community which is the beautiful town of Port Alberni, BC on Vancouver Island. Living here for the summer and learning how things are here has been challenging. Seeing the mountains and how close they are is pretty fascinating.
Since being on my placement I have gotten the chance to go to Nanaimo which is also on Vancouver Island as well as Ucluelet, Parksville, camping at Mussel Beach, and visiting Tiger Lilly’s Farm. While at Tiger Lilly’s farm I got the chance to go horseback riding which was really exciting. I loved it and it was probably the highlight of my summer so far.
I wouldn’t have done these things without my host family providing the opportunities which I am grateful for. My host parent and their 2 daughters have lived in Northern Canada before which is pretty cool. They also have 5 pets including a dog, 3 cats, and a fish. I also have a dog back home so it’s nice to have a dog around to make it feel like home.
At my work placement, I work at a Daycare with older and younger kids. I like working at the daycare even though the kids can get a little wild sometimes. The people I work with are pretty nice once you get to know them.
Being part of this program has been such an amazing opportunity and I am so glad that I went for it. I’ll definitely be telling everyone back home who is interested in gaining work experience and having an amazing time to apply for NYA!
August 3rd, 2017

Susannah shares with us her experience in London

Hello, my name is Susannah Mablik and I am from Naujaat, Nunavut. My placement is in London, Ontario and my work placement is at the University of Western Ontario (Indigenous services). The people I work with are so kind and welcoming. I got to participate with the mini university students and spent two nights with them at the Ontario Hall. I learnt so much from their culture.
My host mother has two boys and a cat, and she also fostered two people. They have a swimming pool, trampoline, and a fire pit. My buddy and I enjoy swimming in the pool. 
 
I have went to many different places with my buddy and host family including a Pow wow, Niagara Falls, two different zoos (one in London and other in Niagara). We are also going to Canada’s wonderland on Monday
 
August 3rd, 2017

Branden gives us an update on his experience with the NYA Next program

Hi, my name is Branden Hardisty and I am 17 years old. I completed the Canadian phase of NYA back in 2016 and this year I am in the Next program. In the Next Program we stay at Algonquin Collage in Ottawa where we learn all sorts of things including construction and building. During the construction class I learned how to use tool and machines and built a dog house. We also got to learn about healthy living, nutrition and physical activity. Also in a few weeks we’ll be going to Montreal for sigh seeing before we head back to re-orientation. We have engaged as volunteer doing a service learning project, participated in fun activates around Ottawa, and competed a personal learning project which is based on our career interests. I’m really excited for my personal learning project as I am going to take Spanish lesson as it has always been a goal for me to learn another language. We also went camping which I had a great time at. The program has really helped me prepare for the next steps after high school. I am glad I got the chance to be apart of the NYA program again this year and I hope the rest of my summer goes well.

August 3rd, 2017

Check out how Kat has been finding her time in Costa Rica

Hi everyone, my name is Kat and I am currently with on the International phase of the NYA in Costa Rica which is so beautiful and pure. The saying of Pura Vida is really true to its word “pure life” “good life” which is a beautiful saying here in Costa Rica. The adventures that we go on are always different and new which makes this experience so much fun. The other day we did a presentation to the Canadian embassy in Costa Rica everything went really well.
The first week we were here it was pretty hard to believe that we were actually in Costa Rica as it took awhile to actually feel like I’m in a different country.

This week the group is going to be volunteering our time with an non-profit organization called “lifting hands”. It was a lot of fun working there as we go to help with the kids and played some soccer with the locals. It was very interesting because the boys only spoke Spanish but we eventually understood what was going on. I’m looking forward spending more of my time volunteering.
It’s been about 3 weeks since we got here in the next few days we’re going to be on a 13 day hike which is going to be intense although I’m excited to be more connected to the land.
Being here in Costa Rica makes me want to fully learn how to speak in Spanish.I’m looking forward on finishing this international program with everyone that’s on the team and have a memorable experiencing to look back on!
Pura Vida.