Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA)
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The Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA) is an Indigenous-run non-profit organization that provides “meaningful opportunities for Indigenous youth (Aboriginal, Metis, Inuit, First Nations, Status, Non-Status) in the urban setting” since 1988, centered on supporting Indigenous youth in finding their voices and becoming inspiring leaders. Through their programs, they provide education and training, opportunities for health and wellness, housing transition support, and mentorship to Indigenous Youth in Vancouver. The work they do and the impact they have is wide-reaching. Today, UNYA delivers 20+ programs with 175+ volunteers, 100 staff, and more than 300 community partners.
Eli, a 10-year-old in Weekly Nature School who has been attending since 2016, completed his own species-a-thon in Pacific Spirit Park to raise funds for the Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA), identifying 84 species and raising $1,000!
Soaring Eagle Nature School Founder, Jenna Rudolph, shares her story of completing the 24-hour Birdathon, identifying 58 species, and raising over $6,000 for the Urban Native Youth Association!
The Forest Learners spent a day seeking out species in the diverse bioregion at Rice Lake and found 166! Enjoy the photos of their clever note-taking systems and the final list!
raised since May 2021
As a school that has been providing nature-based programming for youth since 2009, we recognize that the work of nature connection is built upon stolen Native land, as well as the stolen labour of Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour. We recognize that systemic injustice exists and that we have a responsibility to work toward reparations and equity in resources and nature-based programming. As a staff team, we’ve reached out to the Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA) to offer our time, resources, and community to see where we can help the most. All initiatives by Soaring Eagle Nature School are based on what is most needed by UNYA.
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