“I am grateful and lucky to be one of the five Inuit from Nunavik to attend the symposium. You guys better be expecting more of us to come because I want all Nunavik youth to experience this life changing event! We as Inuit have strong culture, but we have lost sight of our spirits because of colonialism, and I truly feel my spirit has been woken up (wow). I can’t really describe it but it is an amazing feeling. I gained to much knowledge and wisdom from all the keynote speakers and panelists. My daughter wants to become an actress and I always told her it is possible. However, in the back of my mind, I was always pessimistic because of the isolation we (Inuit) live in. Now, after attending YES, I will do whatever it takes to fulfill her dreams. I will become a better mother, and role model for kids and youth. Nakurmiik (Thank you) YES! My life has truly changed!” Minnie Annahatak, Inuk from Kangirsuk, QC.

“The YES Symposium has brought so much inspiration and confidence in my journey here. I am so fortunate to be given the opportunities to create friendships from across the nations in Canada. And be able to participate in such an energetic group of future leaders.” Nia:wen, K. Rice.

“YES was an inspiring event like no other and I was filled with joy to meet so many amazing people. I don’t live in my First Nations community and I am grateful for the events, gatherings and places that prepare the fertile grounds to connect. I am very thankful to all of you at New Relationship Trust for making an event as GREAT as YES!” Logan Ashley, former YES delegate

“Attending YES 2017 was a great experience for me. I was able to get out of my comfort zone and overcome shyness. By the end of the symposium I was networking…and making friends. I gained confidence and will continue to work on public speaking…” Cheyanna Kootenhayoo, former YES delegate

“This is my second time attending YES, and I saw improvements in both my own skills and how the conference was facilitated. Last year, YES 2016 introduced me to the bountiful network of Indigenous enterprises and the wide range of opportunities available to young Aboriginal entrepreneurs.” Justen Peters, former YES delegate

“I went into YES feeling nervous, shy, uncomfortable, and intimidated. I left feeling confident in that whatever I do, I know I will succeed. I will accomplish great things, we all will!” Marcia Benson, former YES delegate

“YES 2010 truly was a once-in-a-life-time opportunity. The friendships, connections and bonds made through sheer determination and drive will be life long.” Erica, former YES delegate

“Sweat, tears and courage produced the next generation of Aboriginal leaders and business people. YES shows we have the ability to rise to challenges and create our own solutions!” Fred Cattroll, former YES speaker

“The relationships I have built, the life lessons I have learnt, and the empowerment and inspiration you have all provided me will help me accomplish the goals I have set in my life.” Ken Watts, former YES delegate

“It was very enlightening and inspiring to meet other First Nations people my age who were ambitious and who all generally wanted to make a change in their communities. It was surreal to think that the people I was having so many life changing experiences with were just strangers a few days earlier.” Anna McKenzie, former YES delegate

Event Information

Young Entrepreneurs Symposium (YES) 2019 will be held Monday November 18 – Thursday, November 21, 2019.


Westin Wall Centre
Vancouver Airport, 3099 Corvette Way
Richmond, BC, V6X 4K3


November 18 – November 21, 2019

For more details contact

Marie Alaimo

Senior Project Officer