Youth Circle for Mother Earth - Coordinating Circle Nomination Form
Thank you for your interest in the Youth Circle for Mother Earth (YCME) project, led by Plenty Canada, Trent University’s Indigenous Environmental Institute, Walpole Island Heritage Centre and Ontario Nature.

The goal of the project is to create and support a cross-cultural network of young Indigenous and non-Indigenous environmental leaders who become lifelong ambassadors for nature and conservation.

About YCME and What’s Involved
The YCME project will be led by a Coordinating Circle of approximately 30 Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth who will determine the focus of campaigns and lead the delivery of project activities, by and for youth, with the guidance of project partners. Contributions from Coordinating Circle members will vary, depending on interest and availability.

All members are expected to support YCME outreach and communications materials using mediums/platforms such as presentations, blogs, articles, social media, etc. All members should dedicate approximately 4-5 volunteer hours per month for project planning and delivery, which will include monthly conference calls (1-2 hours). In addition, all members should attend the scheduled weekend-long retreat and annual summit (estimated two events a year).

Members with more specific roles/responsibilities can expect to spend approximately 2 hours a week on campaigns/projects/events. This may include, but is not limited to: research, coordinating/planning, creating social media content, connecting with other members, etc.

Key Project Elements
- The project will be a cross-cultural environmental network with mentorship.

- It will bring together like-minded youth (aged 15-25) to share a collective responsibility to take care of the land.

- It assumes that bringing together allies in conservation is key to making a formidable and positive change in the world.

- It will be led by a Coordinating Circle of approximately 30 Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth who will determine the focus of campaign(s) and lead the delivery of project activities, by youth, for youth, with the guidance of project partners.

- The August 2019 retreat for Indigenous youth who are interested in being part of the Coordinating Circle is to prepare them spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically for cross-cultural sharing and cooperation with other youth leaders for the shared purpose of protecting the environment.

- Preparation for non-Indigenous youth who are interested in being part of the Coordinating Circle will occur at the March 2019 retreat for the Ontario Nature Youth Council and at the September 2019 Youth Summit for Biodiversity.

- The larger 2020 retreat with all members of YCME will create the conditions for respectful cross-cultural learning and collaborative initiatives to occur.

Nomination Timeline
Nomination process: June to July 2019

Selection process: End of July 2019

Nominees are notified: End of July 2019/Early August

Indigenous Retreat: August 16-18, 2019 at Trent University

Other Important Notes
This form can be used for self-nominating purposes or nominating a youth to be part of the Coordinating Circle.

In this nomination form, we will also be collecting demographic information that will be shared among the partner organizations and funders to ensure we have a diverse group of young people for the project.

This project would not be possible without the support of TD Corporate and Canadian Heritage Youth Take Charge.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this form, please contact Christine at christinea@ontarionature.org or 416-444-8419 ext. 244.

The form should take about 30 minutes to complete.

Please indicate below if you are self-nominating or nominating a peer/young person.
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