The BCAAFC has previously hosted 16 Indigenous Youth Leadership Trainings. The purpose of these gatherings are to unite youth throughout the country in learning, healing and sharing and to provide tangible tools, resources and knowledge that the youth can bring back to their communities.
The first two events hosted over 100 youth attendees, while the third saw attendance triple to over 460 youth delegates. The fourth and fifth events doubled attendance to over 800 youth. The 2008 Event in Victoria had nearly 1000 people in attendance; the 2009 Event in Kelowna had 1300 people attend; the 2010 Event in Vancouver and the 2011 Event in Prince Rupert, over 1500 people took part, in Nanaimo (2012) over 1600 people gathered together, in Penticton (2013) more than 2000 people participated, and Vancouver (2014) saw more than 2200 participants. In Prince George (2015) the event reached capacity months before the event started and the following year in Victoria we reached 2000 registered delegates, even before early registration had closed. In 2017 in Kelowna, 1100 delegates gathered and the event sold out one week after registration opened. Finally, GOV2018 sold out in one day, with over 1000 delegates attending.
This overwhelming response serves to reinforce the need for a forum where Indigenous youth can come together to begin to make positive changes in their own lives and in their communities.