Native Youth Conference Hears From Cancer Victim

Thursday, April 03, 2008 at 15:23



A two-day youth conference and career fair continues in Prince Albert today.


The event is being hosted by the Ahtahkakoop First Nation for approximately 200 youth from roughly a dozen bands.


Well-known BC First Nations leader Clarence Louie and Aboriginal comedian Don Burnstick are just some of the speakers who have addressed the conference.


Five provincial ministers attended a banquet for the youth last night at the Art Hauser Centre.


Event organizer Brenda Ahenakew says she hopes youth taking part realize how important it is to get involved with the community at an early stage.


A youth from the Ahtahkakoop First Nation who is battling cancer says a positive outlook and busy schedule are helping him get through his daily life.


Joel Ahenakew spoke to his peers at last night’s banquet.


He says he is handling his situation by staying active in the community.


The Grade 10 student says he isn’t sure what career he’ll ultimately end up choosing — but for now, he is content to pursue hockey.