Indigenous Youth Sponsorship Program

The Pacific Business & Law Institute (PBLI) is Western Canada's largest independent conference organization and the leading national conference organization addressing First Nation, Métis and Inuit topics. We advertise our conferences nationally to the leadership of every First Nation, Métis and Inuit organization in the country, the resource sector, consultants and government.

Program Rationale

The purpose of PBLI's Indigenous Youth Sponsorship Program is to facilitate the political and business education of Indigenous youth by offering free registrations to qualified youths to attend our programs. Many of the Indigenous people who attend PBLI programs are elected and non-elected members of First Nation governments and other institutions. The vast majority of Indigenous people outside of government institutions, however, do not have the financial means to register and attend programs and forums. Within this group, there are people who would benefit from the education and networking connections provided by educational programs.

Objectives

  1. To provide an educational and experiential benefit to Indigenous youth that empowers them to make a difference in their community's political and economic development.
  2. To engage Indigenous youth in the debate and discussion between their First Nation governments, Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments and the private sector.
  3. To give Indigenous youth some of the tools necessary to advance political causes both on and off reserves.

"I am very grateful to PBLI and the youth sponsorship program that allowed me to attend. Programs such as the youth sponsorship are so valuable to youth interested in this field of practice. I will be on the lookout for future programs to participate in, and will be sharing with other colleagues! Thank you!"

"Thank you to PBLI for another informative and unique program, and for the opportunity to attend under the youth sponsorship program! An acknowledgement of the traditional territory we learn was very much appreciated! I always love hearing this. Thank you!"

Benchmarks

PBLI will interview sponsored individuals after the program to determine the value that they received by their participation. The key measured benchmark will be the extent to which the student was empowered by the experience to influence the governance and economic development of their respective communities. We will ask the student to describe what he or she learned and how the student plans to make use of this knowledge in the future.

Qualifications

PBLI will allocate one sponsored registration for qualified Indigenous youth per Indigenous program. The selection of successful applicants will be at PBLI's discretion. Sponsorships will be made available according to the following criteria:

1. Between the ages of 19 to 29
2. A First Nation, Inuit, Métis or of Native Descent
3. Currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution

Sponsorship covers the cost of the program registration fee and materials distributed at the program. It does not include travel, accommodation or other expenses incurred by the successful applicants. Successful applicants will be informed two to three weeks prior to the program start date.

To apply, please fill out an application online or download our application form.