Gathering Our Voices Aboriginal Youth Conference in Vancouver, BC - March 18-21, 2014


For Immediate Release

September 6, 2013

Gathering Our Voices
2014 Aboriginal Youth Conference

Victoria, BC - The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) and the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre are proud to announce that we will be hosting Gathering Our Voices Aboriginal Youth Conference on the shared traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. This is our 12th Aboriginal youth conference and it will be held from March 18-21, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency and Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver, BC. The conference will host up to two thousand Aboriginal delegates from across Canada. 

The conference will have multiple streams of training, activities, and information for Aboriginal youth. Youth will engage in educational and training workshops, a career and education fair, cultural and recreational activities, evening events, and motivational speakers.

Over the four days, the conference will provide youth delegates with career information, networking and leadership development opportunities, best practice strategies, tools and techniques, and culturally appropriate teachings. Youth can gather, share, and learn from each other and from mentors. Involving the local community in the event ensures that the gathering meets regional needs and addresses current priorities. This annual conference is an excellent opportunity to promote healthy living in Aboriginal communities and support youth in their personal growth and development.

For further information, please contact Della Preston, GOV Conference Coordinator at: or by phone at (250) 388-5522.  You can also register on our website at



Registration is open to all Aboriginal youth aged 14-24. Please share this information with youth in your communities and social networks. Please see the registration package link to read about important information, about the conference including  delegate information, accommodation, and travel.


Early Registration Fee: $125   -    September 2013 - March 7, 2014

Registration fee: $175    -     March 8, 2014 - March 18, 2014

**Group Incentive: For Every 5 Delegates Registered, the 6th is Free


Also our website had the most up to date information at:


For registration information please contact:

Della Preston, Youth Conference Coordinator

Ph: 1-800-990-2432     E-mail: 


Registration Package - (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions - (PDF) 

Youth Talent Show Application- (PDF)

Health and Go Green Challenge - (PDF)

Health and Go Green Tracking Sheet - (PDF)

Honour an Aboriginal Youth in Your Community - (PDF)

Fundraising Brochure - (PDF)

Gathering Our Voices Poster - (PDF)

If you would like to be added to our distribution list, please email Della Preston at 

Della Preston, Youth Conference Coordinator

BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres 

Phone: 250-388-5522 or 1-800-990-2432      

Fax: 250-388-5502


Mail: 551 Chatham Street, Victoria BC, V8T 1E1