A delegate at the Assembly of First Nations youth summit called upon fellow youth to stand up and be leaders.

Savannah Simon travelled from Elsipogtog to speak at the summit on a panel about future youth leaders.

She says it was a hard decision to leave behind the anti-fracking movement in her community, but she also wanted the chance to tell people what she has seen.

Simon says young people can no longer plead ignorance and pretend they don’t know what’s going on in Aboriginal communities.

She says they have to take a stand and be leaders…and says that also means being drug and alcohol free.