Victorine Alphonse teaches a group of small children a drum beat during the youth conference Friday.

Victorine Alphonse teaches a group of small children a drum beat during the youth conference Friday.

Conference connects First Nations youth

The Gibraltar Room was filled with First Nations students and youth from around the region participated in Connecting 3 Nations.

The Gibraltar Room was filled with First Nations students and youth from around the region participated in the Connecting 3 Nations first annual Youth Conference Friday.

In the morning the youth participated in three workshops: What is a Warrior with Joan Gentles; Community Blanket with Darnell Myers and a Drum Workshop with Melanie Johnny and Kerry Chelsea.

After lunch the boys faced off against the girls in a fun lehal game with the girls taking the win.

Originally from the Chilcotin and Williams Lake Rebecca Solomon and Richard MacDonald now travel Canada singing and performing the songs they write. The duo sent the workshop participants off with a few songs and words of encouragement.

The hip-hop/traditional singer/songwriters also performed Saturday evening for an event at CJ’s. Rebecca attended the Vancouver Art Institute for two years and in addition to singing and songwriting is also a music producer.

Door prizes were drawn throughout the day with the final draws for four bikes were given away, two for boys and two for girls.

The event was organized by the collective efforts of Changing Directions, Tl’etinqox’tin government; Tsilhqot’in National government; Denisiqi Services, and the Williams Lake Indian band.