Economic Development Youth Summit - 2021

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2021 Economic Development (Virtual) Youth Summit
For Youths aged 18-30!

Date: August 9-13th!

Event Platform: Zoom

MC: Stan Wesley

*Applications now closed*



Stan Wesley - MC/Host

Stan Wesley soloStan Wesley returns as Youth Summit MC and host for 2021!


For over 21 years, Stan Wesley has engaged and entertained audiences with his
unique style of presentations, keynotes, emcee and facilitation services. Working
at the local, regional, provincial and national levels, he speaks on a variety of
issues with a focus on celebrating success and advancing good, healthy relations
among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples.

With his high-energy, sincere, professional approach, he is considered by many to
be one of the top speakers in the country today.


2021 Cando 4th Annual Economic Development Youth Summit
Team Awards:


First Place: 7 Generations Corp

Team-7th Generations Corp.

Second Place: Mayshkootaatan


Third Place: 4 The People

Team-4 The People

Fourth Place: REZpactful Aunties

Team-REZpactful Aunties

Fifth Place: 5 Sisters
Team-Five Sisters



2021 Cando 4th Annual Economic Development Youth Summit
Individual Awards:

Whova! Award: Ruby Bruce

Photo Contest: Ashley Douglas

Mover & Shaker: Kassidy Yorkey

Outstanding Delegate: Lori Nash



Day 1


Stan Wesley

Youth Summit MC and Host - Stan Wesley - welcomes delegates and speakers!



Elder Rick Lightning


Elder Rick Lightning welcomes delegates and starts the day and event in a good way!



Stan Barnaby

Cando President Stanley Barnaby welcomes delegates.


 Ray Wanuch

Cando Executive Director Ray Wanuch delivers opening remarks.

Aubrey-Anne Laliberte-Pewapisconias

Cando Student Director Aubrey-Anne Laliberte-Pewapisconias greets delegates and shares some of her experience as a youth summit delegate in 2019.




*Applications now closed*

Tell us why you want to be a delegate!
Why should we pick you?




After reflecting on the youth summit that took place a few weeks ago, I just wanted to let you know what a life changing experience it was. I learnt valuable tips and took away new knowledge that I will be able to apply in the future. I have never experienced anything quite like this conference that not only promoted the Indigenous culture but combined it with an opportunity for learning to take place. 

I find there is still so much to learn and to have the opportunity to attend again would be greatly appreciated. 

– Youth Summit Delegate




• You will be provided accredited training FREE of charge - each delegate successfully completing the Youth Summit will receive course credit suitable for an Indigenous Economic Developer Certification through Nicola Valley Institute of Technology.
Valued at $750

Prize Money 2021

• You and your fellow delegates will be placed into groups to compete for $15,000+ in prizes:

• First Place Team: $1000 for each team member
   ($5,000 shared by team)
• Second Place Team: $800 for each team member
   ($4,000 shared by team)

• Third Place Team: $600 for each team member
   ($3,000 shared by team)
• Fourth Place Team: $400 for each team member
   ($2,000 shared by team)

• Two delegates will be selected as the "Mover & Shaker" and the "Outstanding Delegate" - each will be provided with a prize package.


2021 Youth Summit 1/2 page July

*Applicationnow closed* 


Who is eligible?

The 2021 Economic Development (Virtual) Youth Summit is designed for First Nations, Métis, Inuit and non-Indigenous youth from across Canada within the ages of 18-30 years-old. The Youth Summit will promote the field of Community Economic Development and the role of the Economic Development Officer to youth.

You must not have attended the previous Youth Summits (2018 & 2019 & 2020)

There is no registration fee for selected youth!

Webinar Platform:

Cando will be utlizing Zoom for the Virtual Youth Summit.

Please note you will require access to your own computer/laptop with built-in video or a connected video camera and a reliable internet connection in order to participate.

All delegates will be provided with a "Zoom 101: How-to Tutorial" prior to the event to ensure they have the capability to participate and fully contribute throughout  the Youth Summit.

Each year we receive 150-200 applications, but only 40 delegates will be invited to participate - as selected by our conference organizing team.

It's not the first 40 applicants, but the 40 that best demonstrate how they are suitable to be a delegate. Show us why we should choose you to be a delegate!



The 2021 Agenda is here (PDF)!

Agenda at a Glance (PDF)!

Show us why we should choose you to be a delegate! 

*Applications now closed*


Download 2021 Youth Summit Poster (PDF)!

Check out our Youth Summit speaker's & presenters!
More coming soon!

Questions or to submit your application:

Danielle Lightning at


 Thank you to the 2021 Youth Summit
Partners and Sponsors:

In Partnership with:




WED Logo














Cooperatives First



FCC Logo


Inter Pipeline


Public Services Logo









EDC Logo


ATB BlueBox




Acosys Logo






Sterling Crane







Now more than $15,000+ in prizes!

• First Place Team: $1,000 for each team member ($5,000)
• Second Place Team: $800 for each team member ($4,000)
• Third Place Team: $600 for each team member ($3,000)
• Fourth Place Team: $400 for each team member ($2,000)

Additional prizes will be awarded sourced
from the following Indigenous artists and artisans:

Cheekbone Beauty





Neechie Gear
Mother Earth Essentials
Sequoia Soaps
She Native


Kokum Scrunchies



Check out our Youth Summit speaker's & presenters!
More coming soon!

Agenda at a Glance

August 9-13, 2021, via Zoom Platform


For more information, please contact:

Danielle Lightning
Toll free: 1-800-463-9300  ext 229
Phone Number: 780-990-0303 ext 229

Fax Number: 780-429-7487