Yecwestsu´t-ca - ‘To Care for One’s Self’

Posted On Wednesday June 22, 2022
Peter Leech (left), former professional hockey player, and Gino Odjick, former Vancouver Canuck, address the crowd of grades 8/9 students

In celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada, SD73 is hosting its first district-wide Aboriginal Youth Wellness Conference for students in grades 8 and 9 on June 22 at Thompson Rivers University. The theme for the conference, as identified and selected by students, is Yecwestsút-ca which means ‘to care for one’s self’.  

This gathering presents a unique opportunity to learn how indigenous culture, used as the foundation for health and wellness, is effective not only for Indigenous individuals, families, and communities, but for everyone. The event is based upon the principal belief that Indigenous health must be approached from a holistic view, which encompasses body, mind, and spirit. Over 160 students are expected to attend.  

Gino Odjick, a former Vancouver Canuck, and Peter Leech, a former professional hockey player, will keynote the event with Jeffrey McNeil-Seymour and Madelaine McCallum Mendez joining as special guests. Each student will have the opportunity to participate in two 45-minute breakout sessions with the sessions ranging from archery, medicine making, healthy relationships, jigging, consent, jewelry making, bush party safety and awareness, celebrating Two Spirit folks, and more.  

Most of the day’s activity will be at the Grand Hall at Thompson Rivers University with breakout sessions taking place throughout Old Main and the outdoor space in front of the Campus Activity Centre.


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