Indigenous Youth Agency
Legally known as: Eshkiniigjik Naandwechigegamig – A place for healing our youth
Aabiish Gaa Binjibaaying? – Where did we come from? -Youth Program
The ENAGB Youth Agency focuses on providing cultural, employment, life skills, holistic wellness and recreational opportunities to youth ages 12-24. Programming is designed through youth participation and works to build self-esteem, confidence, skills and self-determination.
The “Eshkiniigjik Naandwechigegamig - A Place for Healing Our Youth" –
“Aabiish Gaa Binjibaaying – Where Did We Come From?” programming will
prepare our youth in North America to become responsible, participating citizens
while leading our Indigenous community.
The mission of the “Eshkiniigjik Naandwechigegamig - A Place for Healing Our
Youth" – “Aabiish Gaa Binjibaaying – Where Did We Come From?” is to prepare
our Youth to make ethical choices that will foster pride and confidence by
instilling our youth with values of the Medicine Wheel.
The ENAGB YOUTH PROGRAM will plan, organize and implement programming
based on the guidance of our youth and staff to ensure a collaborative effort for
emotional, physical, spiritual and mental wellbeing.
In order to ensure effective ENAGB YOUTH PROGRAM’s our objectives will be.
- Mandated to always host a (9) Member subcommittee Youth Council for as long as the ENAGB Youth Program exists.
- Provide Cultural & Historical programming to increase knowledge of our indigenous people
- Strengthen current systems of support available amongst our indigenous youth with mental health and addiction challenges that will improve access to appropriate service;
- To build community partnerships amongst our Indigenous and allied organizations to address; Training/Employment; Housing Supports; Education; Life Skills;
- Identify sustainable funding sources for the future of “Eshkiniigjik Naandwechigegamig - A Place for Healing Our Youth" – “Aabiish Gaa Binjibaaying – Where Did We Come
- Community Outreach to increase awareness of programming available to them;
- Implementation of “Eshkiniigjik Naandwechigegamig - A Place for Healing Our Youth" – “Aabiish Gaa Binjibaaying – Where Did We Come From?” programming;
- Creating Apprenticeship/Mentoring programming;
- Seek and apply for funding or fund-raise to purchase our own building
The organization will operate throughout Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
and provide supports that will be located at 16 Spadina Road within the ENAGB of Toronto to ensure the activities set are implemented. For the
Housing Program we will provide 24/7 support.
Representation and Membership
ENAGB YOUTH PROGRAM represents Indigenous (Inuit, Metis and First
Nations) Youth between the ages of 12 – 24 yrs through the GTA; the
Corporation will ensure that there will always be a (9) member subcommittee
Youth Council in existence for as long as the ENAGB Youth Program exists.
Eligibility for Membership
- Membership in the Corporation must be indigenous (Inuit, Metis and First Nation) A resident of North America/Turtle Island, living in Toronto
- Is between the ages of 12 – 24 years of age.
- Or 25+ who have accessed the program and is now aged out of the program or those that have a genuine interest in the objectives of the Corporation and whose application for Membership has been approved by the Board through its subcommittee ENAGB youth council;
Rights and Privileges of Members
- Receive notice of meetings of ENAGB YOUTH PROGRAM;
- Attend any meeting of the ENAGB YOUTH PROGRAM;
- Speak at any public meeting of the ENAGB YOUTH PROGRAM; and
- Exercise other rights and privileges given to Members in these Bylaws.
Voting Membership & Privileges
- The definition of Membership is only for voting with regard to changes to the Board of
Directors and By-laws.
- A voting Member is entitled to one (1) vote at a meeting of ENAGB YOUTH PROGRAM.
Suspension of Membership
Decision to Suspend
The Board may suspend a Member’s Membership for one or more of the
- if the Member has failed to abide by the Bylaws;
- if the Member has been disloyal to ENAGB YOUTH PROGRAM;
- if the Member has disrupted meetings or functions of ENAGB YOUTH PROGRAM; or
- if the Member has done or failed to do anything judged to be harmful to ENAGB YOUTH
Notice to the Member
- The affected Member will receive written notice of the Board’s intention to deal with whether
that Member should be suspended or not.
- The notice will be sent by electronic mail to the last known address of the Member shown in
the records of ENAGB YOUTH PROGRAM. The notice may also be delivered by an Officer of
- The notice will state the reasons why suspension is being considered;
Decision of the Board
- The Member or a representative of the member will have an opportunity to appear before the
Board to address the matter. The Board may allow another person to accompany the
- The Board will determine how the matter will be dealt with, and may limit the time given the
Member to address the Board;
- The Board may exclude the Member from its discussion of the matter, including the deciding
- The decision of the Board is final
ENAGB Board Members
- Laurie Hermiston – President
- Troy Obed – Vice President
- Thunder Jack - Treasurer
- Kathleen Longboat – Secretary
- Lauren Lavallee - Director
- Lyla Hatt - Director
- Samuel Kloetstra - Board Member
- Brianna Olson - Board Member
- Riley Yesno - Board Member
ENAGB Youth Council
The ENAGB program shall be advised by a Council of nine (9) Youth Council
Members, each of whom shall be a voting member of the Youth Council and
each of whom shall have been an active member of the Native community and
between the ages of twelve (12) to twenty four (24) years. Status cards not
ENAGB Youth Council will be dissolved five (5) days prior to the ENAGB of Toronto Boards annual general meeting. Five days after the ENAGB
AGM, a nomination call will be sent out to the Indigenous Youth Community for
elections. Council members shall be elected for a term of one (1) year.
Applications of potential members will be screened based on their letter of
application and CV’s that are submitted to the ENAGB Program Director along
with 2 ENAGB Board Members.
- A Youth Council Member seat shall be automatically vacated:
- if a Youth Council Member resigns;
- if they are found to be disrespectful or misrepresenting the council;
- if at a special meeting of members called for the purpose of removing that Youth Council
Member a resolution is passed by a vote of two-thirds (2/3's) of the voting members present at
such a meeting that he/she be removed from Council;
- if they are convicted of any indictable offence.
A Youth Council Member who has been absent for two (2) consecutive meetings
without notification, by resolution of the Council, be deemed to have resigned.
Vacancies on the Youth Council will be advertised through our social media &
posted for five (5) days, inviting a letter of interest with resume to the Council.
Decision to fill the vacancy will be decided at a regular meeting of the Council
and a motion will be passed to accept the new members. H/she then attends the
The Youth Council Members shall be compensated for their time at forty dollars
per meeting or any special meetings as an honorarium.
ENAGB Youth Council
- Christopher Wyldes
- Briar Perrier
- Memengwaanh Bell
- Damon Antoine
- Kateri Lucier-Laboucan
- Martin Tang
- Kaitlynn Tomaselli
- Keisha Erwin
Amending the Bylaws
Thirty (30) days’ notice of the Annual General or Special General meeting of
ENAGB YOUTH PROGRAM must include details of the proposed resolution to
change the Bylaws must be sent out by the Chair with regular Board
● Any voting Member may make a motion to amend these Bylaws or Policies by notice to the
Chair, who will forward it to the Policy Review Committee;
● All motions to amend these Bylaws or Policies must be reviewed and recommendations must
be made by the Policy Committee according to the following:
o Before the motion is brought to corporation, the Member making the motion shall
submit the proposed amendments to the Policy Committee; and,
o If the motion is brought to Corporation either as a posted motion or as new business
without having been reviewed by the Policy Committee, the Chair shall refer it to the
Committee except as otherwise provided herein:
o The Policy Committee shall review all proposed amendments to the Bylaws or
Policies within fourteen (14) days of the submission of the proposed amendments,
taking extenuating circumstances into account when applicable
o The Policy Committee shall make a presentation or provide written rationale to
Corporation outlining recommendations with respect to the proposed amendments to
these Bylaws or Policies. These recommendations shall include, but are not limited
to, the following:
- Any recommended modifications to the wording or grammar of the proposed
- Any recommended modifications to other sections of these Bylaws or
Policies which will be affected by the proposed amendments, and
- Any comments or concerns about the merits or ramifications of the proposed
● Policy may be created to last a definite or an indefinite period of time, indefinite is presumed
unless otherwise specified;
● Policy may be standing policy or statement policy;
- Standing policy governs that of operational matter;
- Statement policy acts as publication of ENAGB YOUTH PROGRAM's wishes,
opinions, or beliefs
All ENAGB YOUTH PROGRAM policies will be filed together in a "policy book,"
posted on the internet and available to all members and the public;