September 21st, 2017

Allie shares his Personal Learning Project experience

For my Personal Learning Project, I got to tour around the Ottawa Civic Hospital with some of the other Participants. The reason I chose this for my PLP is because I am interested in medicine and saving lives. During the tour, I got to learn how to draw pretend “blood” which was pretty fun to learn. I also got to remove fluid from a model trachea. The nurse educator taught us these new skills and I am glad I chose this PLP because I learned things that I have never been able to do before.

I hope in the future that I can become a Doctor so that I can help people.

Thank you for reading!


August 22nd, 2017

Jo reflects on her time in Campbell River, BC

Hello, my name is Joellen Netser but  I prefer Jo. I am from Coral Harbour, NU known as Salliq also. The population there is over 800+. There aren’t many job opportunities, so some of the graduates struggle finding a job, so they go out of town for college. My work placement was at Steiner Bakery in Campbell River, BC. 

My host family was living on her own with her dog, a chocolate lab named Buddy. What I find different in the South is the heat is really hot besides my hometown, it goes up to like +20 back home, and in Campbell River its like +35.
And on workdays we have to wear anything that isn’t showing any of our skin and I was boiling inside because of the heat!

The culture is sort of similar to mine they have beaded clothing, beaded rings. The difference is they have a different language than us, but i learned some of the words they speak and I taught them some of my language. What I have done so far is i have accomplished most of my goals, which included going somewhere new for the summer. And I want to do more in the future and conquer the world!

An activity I did in Nanoose Bay was tubing for the first time, and I had fun.

My summer 2017 in Ottawa for NYA was worth it. I’ve met so many awesome people from many different places, learned their ways of their culture, I’ve had a great time so far, and I encourage youth to try for this program because it is a very good experience and it earns you 9 high school credits!

August 17th, 2017

John reviews his trip to Collingwood, ON

Hello, my name is John Thomas Stanley Noksana 3rd and i am currently placed in Collingwood Ontario where I live with a host family who are named Bruce and Sandra.

They are really nice people who tell us and show us interesting places like the green elevators where they build and sent ships out.

The green elevators is a place where huge columns of grown food such as wheat and other crops were stored and shipped.

They’ve also showed us the mills dairy farm where they sell fresh chocolate and regular milk in normal and milkshake form which was a pretty cool.

I liked these experiences because where I’m from (tuktoyaktuk N.W.T) there is really nothing like it. Even the slang/jargon used here is different and the culture is definitely different.

I feel like I needed a program like this to become more independent and grow as a person. This program is a great thing for anyone in my opinion because you can learn good leadership skills, improve your work ethic, and definitely gain work experience to prepare for living in the south for college.

August 17th, 2017

Del shares with us her journey to Chilliwack, BC

Hi, my name is Delainea Anderson and I am 16 years old. I am from a community of 1300 people, called fort Simpson; where the rivers come together.  I’ve been on quite the journey during this program: I have had 3 jobs, 2 different families and 2 placements. I was in Truro Nova Scotia when I first started where I worked at an amazing food bank with amazing people that all had great personalities. I stayed with a wonderful family but I ended up being moved due to not having a host buddy. I was then moved to Chilliwack British Columbia and it is so gorgeous here, with mountains surrounding the area.
I’m with my new host family now and they are so amazing! I feel like their family is going to be my home away from home as they make me and pearl feel so welcomed. I have had 3 work placements, the food bank in Truro Nova Scotia was by far amazing, amazing people. The second was the bookman in Chilliwack British Columbia. It didn’t work out but still a lovely store and finally the Salvation Army in chilliwack, I like this job. Very kind people and so much variety in jobs.
I’ve definitely gone over my own boundaries when it came to this program. I went to a music festival, danced to Latin music in front of a huge group of people. I’m terrified of heights but went rock climbing anyways, which was so much fun! I’ve been traveling a ton and I’ve been loving it! Traveling is something I really love doing. Northern Youth Abroad has been definitely a journey- an amazing journey. During orientation (the first week of NYA) I met some amazing people that I can definitely call my best friends now.
I would highly recommend this program to all youth from NWT and Nunavut. This has been the best summer of my life and I’ll definitely be applying for the Next and/or international program this November.
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.