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GOV 2018 Workshop Facilitator & Career and Education Fair Exhibitor Callout

November 8, 2017 - We are now accepting applications for facilitators and exhibitors. For information and applications, please see our Facilitators & Exhibitors page.

The deadline for applications is Monday, November 27, 2017 12:00pm PST.


PRESS RELEASE: Gathering Our Voices Sells Out in Single Day

October 25, 2017 - For the first time in 16 years, the event Gathering Our Voices (GOV) Indigenous Youth Leadership Training sold out in a single day.  GOV is the premier Indigenous youth training opportunity in the country, attracting over 1,000 youth annually from all over BC and Canada. 

“This high level of demand reinforces our belief that Gathering Our Voices is offering a unique training opportunity to Indigenous youth, and continues to meet the dynamic needs of our young delegates,” states Leslie Varley, Executive Director of the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC), the hosts of this event. 

GOV2018 will take place in March in Richmond, BC, on traditional Musqueam Territory, and is co-hosted by the BCAAFC Provincial Aboriginal Youth Council, as well as the surrounding Friendship Centres.  The event lasts four days and includes an array of cultural activities, a Youth Talent Showcase, a Career and Education Fair, and workshops on leadership, wellness, and education opportunities. 

“Each year we are inspired by the motivation and drive of our youth delegates and we hope the tools we give them will help them build on their personal successes,” shares Ms. Varley. 

If you are interested in sponsoring Gathering Our Voices, or would like to volunteer, facilitate or be an exhibitor, visit the GOV website,  Questions can be directed to Marleah, Lead Coordinator,, or 250-388-5522 extension 210.


Always in friendship,

Leslie Varley, Executive Director


Join the GOV Team

October 20, 2017 — Do you enjoy meaningful work? Love working in a fast-paced environment? Want to learn about how to plan a huge event with over 1,000 attendees? Are you organized, self-motivated, and high energy? You could be the perfect fit for our GOV team! We are hiring two full-time contract positions at the BCAAFC in Victoria, BC for Gathering Our Voices 2018:...

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December 5, 2016 — From the Leadership, Provincial Aboriginal Youth Council, Conference Delegates and Staff of Gathering Our Voices Thank you on behalf of the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres and the GOV conference team for your tremendous support, contribution of time and energy in making Gathering Our Voices 2017 a great success. Your contributions have made an immediate difference in the lives...

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Event DJ - Announcement

November 21, 2016 — It is our pleasure to announce Orene Askew as the Event DJ for Gathering Our Voices 2017 in Kelowna BC!! A big THANK YOU to all of the DJ’s that submitted their applications.

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Call for Exhibitors

November 2, 2016 — Application Deadline November 30th, 2016 To apply please create an account and complete the exhibitor application. All exhibitors are required to submit a clear Criminal Record Check within the last 2 years. Exhibitors will be informed if they are chosen via email by December 9, 2016. For more information please contact Hannah Mashon, Registration Coordinator at 250-388-5522 ext.222 or email...

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BCAAFC Job Posting: Conference Assistant

November 1, 2016 — Term Position to March 31, 2017 / 35hr work week / based in Victoria, BC Background The British Columbia Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres is hosting the 15th annual Gathering Our Voices (GOV) Aboriginal Youth Conference. In 2017, the conference will be held in Kelowna from March 21-24, 2017 with more than 1000 Indigenous youth from across BC and Canada...

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Call for Event DJ

October 24, 2016 — Deadline October 31, 2016. We are currently looking for an event DJ to create an upbeat fun atmosphere at the youth Dance Party at the Gathering Our Voices youth conference March 21-24 in Kelowna, BC. More information: Call Hannah Mashon at 250-388-5522 Ext 222 Email:

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News Release

October 3, 2016 — For Immediate Release Gathering Our Voices 2017 Reaches Capacity in One Week Victoria, B.C. – The 15th Annual Gathering Our Voices (GOV) National Indigenous Youth Conference sold out within a week. Registration for GOV 2017 went live Monday, September 26th and half the spaces were filled within the first 24 hours. All 1200 seats are taken for the March 2017...

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