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Youth in focus at LNFC

Several youth activities will be on the schedule for National Indigenous People’s Day being held from noon Tuesday at the Lloydminster Native Friendship Centre downtown.

As MyLloydminsterNow has reported the youth aspect comprises arts and crafts as well as street games.

Youth coordinator Mackenzie Durocher says they are also planning for July summer camps. She sees Lloydminster youth as looking to take on a little more responsibility.

“Whether that’s through volunteering or other kind of community service work. Even some of our youth had brainstormed a yard cleanup around the Friendship Centre, wanting to improve our Earth a little bit more. So just little pieces of wanting to take responsibility like that is something that I’ve really picked up with this group.”

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She notices this more in the middle school years.

“I think kind of that middle school age is when a lot of young people; and this is not just specific to Lloydminster of course, but they start to look for some more of those freedom opportunities and start wanting to explore and take on a little more responsibility. I think that’s something that Lloydminster youth are looking for.”

Summer camp at the Lloydminster Native Friendship Centre runs July 4th to 8th and continues each week throughout the summer months.

“These kids are going to have a lot of fun this summer. We have a lot of really great things planned; different tours and presenters being invited in every week. So there’s lots to do. Again back to that self-care, community-care, nature, learning and arts and creativity.”

There will be two age groups; 5-10 years old and 11-15 years. Organizers are inviting residents to sign up at the centre. The fee is $75 per-child-per-week.

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