Welcome to NorthernYouth.ca | Northern Youth is a project on Tides Canada's Shared Platform

Northern Youth Leadership (NYL) brings together youth from across the Northwest Territories for remote land-based programming in our spectacular territory.

NYL programming facilitates the development of leadership skills, life skills, emotional resilience, and helps youth develop the inner and outer resources needed to overcome challenges, reach their full potential, and create positive change in their communities. Programming is FREE for all participants. NYL covers all camp-related costs including return airfare from their home community.

NYL was started by two Yellowknifers that experienced first-hand the sense of accomplishment and confidence that comes from stepping outside of your comfort zone and realizing a goal. They wanted to share this transformational experience with youth from across the NWT and started Northern Youth Leadership (formerly Taiga Camp). NYL continues this legacy by offering a diverse range of unique and innovative programming for youth.

In 2020, NYL hosted the following camps:

North Arm Advanced Leadership Canoe Camp: 11 youth paddled 130km from Yellowknife to Behchokǫ along the North Arm of Great Slave Lake. When they weren’t paddling, youth enjoyed camping, swimming, and practicing land skills.

Ingraham Trail Leadership Canoe Trip: 11 youth spent a week paddling in the Ingraham Trail area outside Yellowknife, and had fun hiking, swimming, berry picking and learning land skills.

Science Expedition: 7 youth spent seven days aboard a research vessel on the East Arm of Great Slave Lake. During the expedition, youth had an opportunity to participate hands-on in scientific research and job-shadow the Captain, Engineers, and Crew.

NYL Leadership Development Program (LDP): 7 youth participated in an employment program for youth aged 14 – 25 that builds capacity in the communities by developing a skilled workforce. The LDP includes employment skills training, work experience, individualized employment mentorship and assistance with applications for scholarships, post-secondary education and other opportunities. The LDP prepares youth for employment in high-demand careers including tourism, environmental stewardship, and youth programming.

Northern Youth Leadership is a project on MakeWay’s shared platform, which provides operational supports, governance, and charitable expertise for change-makers. The shared platform enables more time and money to go towards achieving greater impact. MakeWay is a national charity that builds partnerships and solutions to help nature and communities thrive together.

For further information on NYL, our programs, or to get involved as a participant, sponsor or team member – please contact us.

Vision, Mission & Values

  • Our Vision

    To empower and inspire a generation of courageous young northern leaders.
  • Our Mission

    To provide on the land personal growth, leadership opportunities, and connections that empower young people to create positive change.
  • Our Goals

    • Inspire confidence in youth by challenging self-imposed limitations
    • Cultivate independence
    • Develop leadership skills
    • Instill healthy relationships and lifestyles
    • Promote lifelong learning and the pursuit of interests
  • Our Values

    • Resilience • Respect • Inclusiveness • Accountability • Well being • Youth connection