The RCMP says it is looking for northern and Indigenous youth to participate in a Youth Advisory Committee, which the Mounties said will represent diverse voice from Saskatchewan communities.

“We started this process some time ago. The last year, we circulated a survey with us in the province between the ages of 12 to 17. We received 3765 responses, from those responses use identified five main issues that they felt affected them the most. And those issues were bullying, drugs, alcohol, vaping, and poor driving,” said Laili Yazdani Community Program Officer with the RCMP.

Committee members are expected to volunteer at least six hours per month during the school year and participate in weekly meetings, monthly virtual meetings and an annual camp with youth and mentors.

The volunteering can be used for job or post-secondary school applications.

“As an Indigenous person, I want my voice to be heard, amplified. By being a part of this committee, having an Indigenous voice at the table, is an important step to reconciliation,” explained Skyler in his application.

Yazdani said the Committee is still seeking youth applications in the northern communities of La Ronge, Pelican Narrows, La Loche.