2014 Northern Youth Abroad participants gather at a summer orientation meeting.

Northern Youth Abroad participants visit Vanderhoof

Participants of the Northern Youth Abroad program share their culture with Vanderhoof.

Vanderhoof will be the new stomping grounds for two far-northerners from the land of eternal sunset, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.

The two visitors will be visiting Vanderhoof as part of a program called Northern Youth Abroad (NYA).

Monica Qattalik of Igloolik, Nunavut and Colleen Nakashuk of Pangnirtung, Nunvavut, will travel from their arctic hometowns to Vanderhoof, where they will live with a local host family. While here, Qattalik and Nakashuk will work, volunteer and relay their northern culture in presentations to community organizations.

The NYA program is in its 17 year and aims to help foster cultural awareness and cooperation while providing career training to it’s participants.

Those involved int he program are eligible to earn unto nine high school credits towards their graduation should they complete certain assignments during their stay here in Vanderhoof.

The Express attempted to contact NYA, but representative Rebecca Bisson did not immediately respond for comment.

Qattalik and Nakashuk will be in Vanderhoof until Aug. 5.


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