BYTE’s annual Leaders In Training (LIT) Conference was created as a space for youth from rural communities to build confidence, develop leadership skills, and network with other young leaders from across the North! Our multi-day workshops incorporate chats about social issues, brainstorming sessions, team-building games, facilitation training and practice, and guest speakers that address everything from leadership through judo to healthy mindfulness and gender stereotyping. We strive to create a safe, inclusive environment for all our participants so they can feel comfortable to be themselves, share their stories, and learn from one another.
In 2018, we hosted our 6th annual Leaders in Training Conference (LIT), and as usual, it was a pretty epic time. This year’s conference was in Haines Junction at the St. Elias Convention Centre, on the traditional territory of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nation. LIT 2018’s theme was “Exploring and Honouring our Identity,” and participants explored their identities, cultures and expressed themselves thanks to an amazing group of guest speakers and facilitators. They experienced a Blanket Exercise, learned to make a podcast, hip-hop workshops and challenged each other to Arctic Sports.
LIT 2018 was sponsored by Tides Canada, Northern Council for Global Cooperation, and the Youth Directorate. Many thanks are also owed to 14 Acre Farms, Yukon Inn, Air North and Save-On Foods for their discounts and services.
Check out this video created by Shakat Journal to learn more about the conference!