With a new year upon us the Thunder Bay Urban Aboriginal Strategy is very excited to unveil a new look to the community of Thunder Bay. This new vibrant identity really tells a story about where TBUAS has been and where we are going. We are constantly evolving and are now at a point where the strategizing has almost come to a finish. Over the last several years TBUAS has created strategies to address many issues for the Urban Aboriginal population in Thunder Bay, and we are now moving into the implementation phase with several projects on the go. We know what the issues are and we have identified next steps.
This is an exciting time for the TBUAS as we are seeing outcomes of the organization’s hard work. We should be proud of how far we have come, and what great strides we have made. The Thunder Bay Urban Aboriginal Strategy has become an example across the country. We broke the mould and took the lead nationally, working as one and not a bureaucracy; Now many others follow in our footsteps.
Moving forward, TBUAS is committed to making progress in the City and I truly believe this starts with our young people. The harsh reality is that Aboriginal youth do not feel welcome in our community. We must work on bringing the City, schools, and community members together to make them feel welcome, as they deserve to be. This year the TBUAS will focus more energy on getting our youth involved, and we plan to introduce the TBUAS Youth Circle in 2012. The Circle will be comprised of young and energetic people, and will provide a voice for aboriginal youth in Thunder Bay who will help provide direction to TBUAS.
By increasing self-esteem, cultural identity and confidence, Thunder Bay Urban Aboriginal youth will have greater opportunities. This will help them go to school, get good jobs, and participate in the community.
Wishing the TBUAS Advisory Committee and all of our circle members a very productive and successful 2012.