Indigenous Youth Opportunities Program

On June 21, 2021 True North Aid will be launching the Indigenous Youth Opportunities Program (IYOP).

Indigenous Youth (13-30-year-olds) from across Canada will be invited to apply for a grant (from $250 – $1,000) towards boosting their initiatives and projects.

All strengths-based projects: from arts, music, sports, to traditional and cultural or uniquely crafted- are welcome!

BONUS marks for ideas that helped Youth uncover their personal Superpowers! Whether you are a musician, carver, sculptor, landscape, or beading artist; community organizer or designer/music DJ… we want to hear from you! Tell us how you used your Superpower for your own wellbeing and wellness.  


 Seven winners will be announced, at the end of July across all our media platforms.

Get ready to SHINE!


 *Successful applicants will also have access to Life Skills Training Program led by our Knowledge Keeper, Teresa Snow. This 2-week workshop will provide additional resources and information to ensure Youth Leaders feel supported and successful.

Here is a sample of Strengths-based activities:

o    Your own strength(s)-based activity

 o Sports- based: baseball, hockey, skating, lacrosse, fitness classes, weightlifting workshops.

o     Indoor Activities-hobbies club; board games club, sewing/quilting/bead making/dream catcher/moccasins/curtain/dresses clubs and workshops.

 o     Outdoor Activities-canoeing, fishing, and camping groups

 o     Performing Arts- based -learning an instrument, acquiring new language, singing, dancing, cooking classes, start up a business, or writing a book.


Meet The Team

  • Teresa Snow – Knowledge Keeper

    Teresa Snow is a member of the Stoney Nakoda First Nation at Morley, Alberta. Her traditional
    names are Pretty Eagle Woman and Cold Water Woman. She is Stoney Nakoda from her
    paternal side and Yuma Quechan from her maternal Side. Her parents are the late Dr. Rev.
    Chief John Snow Sr. and Alva Snow. Teresa is a grandmother, knowledge keeper and designer
    of Fine Indigenous Art. She is also a Certified Life Skills Coach, Grief, Trauma and Loss
    Facilitator, Traditional Parenting Facilitator, Addictions Instructor and Indigenous Curriculum
    Her work experience has allowed her to gain valuable training and education working within
    Indigenous communities. She strives to implement programs that are collaborations of
    Indigenous knowledge systems, education, mental wellness and western ideology.
    Miss Snow has represented Indigenous communities with several ambassador titles she carried.
    She is also a performing artist, having travelled throughout Canada, United States as well as the
    United Kingdom and Italy. She was one of the Principal Dancers in the first ever Native Ballet by
    John Kim Bell. In 2006, She was invited to showcase her Art work at the Folklife Festival held
    annually at the Smithsonian. The same year and following year she was selected to showcase
    her designs as the annual CANAB festival in Toronto, Ont. Teresa has served on several
    committees regarding Cultural events for Indigenous communities.
    Her education includes Criminology, Crisis Shelter Worker and Addictions training. She
    completed her addictions training at the prestigious Nechi Institute, later interning and becoming
    one of their Off site Contract Instructors.
    Her most recent workshop called Making Her Dress, was a collaboration with Indicity was
    showcased as a Documentary with Telus Storyhive titled My Blood Memory is Couture.
    Teresa is passionate about the Indigenous Youth Opportunities Program and working with Indigenous youth. 

  • Daryl Kootenay – Social Media

    Daryl Kootenay is a Traditional singer, dancer, artist, speaker, youth leader. Daryl is a father to his 5-year old daughter from the Stoney Nakoda Nation of Treaty 7 in southern Alberta and a member of the Dine (Navajo) Nation in New Mexico from his father’s heritage. 

    After graduating high school Daryl travelled globally to volunteer his time in countries such as Peru, Nicaragua and Africa working with Canada World Youth first as a participant, then an intern and then employee. He has been a part of CWYs Provisional Aboriginal Youth Committee where he participated in the “Aboriginal Youth and Confederation: Learning from the past, building for the future conference” in 2014, an event cohosted by CWY and the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island, as part of the PEI 2014 Charlottetown Conference sesquicentennial celebration.  He was also a delegate for his nation and CWY at the World Conference of Indigenous Peoples, The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Rights, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City (Sept 2014).

    Daryl has actively volunteered in his community of Morley, Alberta in a variety of roles. This includes being a group leader for the Project Nakoda Outdoor Wilderness Experience (NOWE) and co-founding the Stoney Nakoda Youth Council in 2014 which has travelled to a number of significant United Nations and North American Youth events. He has the tremendous honor of being awarded the Governor General’s “Sovereignty’s Medal for Volunteers” in June 2017 for his work.

  • Carolina Budiman – Senior Program Advisor

    With a keen interest and passion for community development issues affecting the North, Carolina was previously an Executive Board Director of True North Aid. The Indigenous Youth Opportunities Program (IYOP) will be a priority program for the organization that creates pathways to business enterprise and skills development for Indigenous Youth throughout Canada. Carolina is excited and honoured to lead IYOP with a team of talented Indigenous Youth leaders- Daryl and Toshia; and guided by our Knowledge Keeper Teresa Snow. 

     With over 20 years in technical project management in the international health & agribusiness development sector- she is excited to be serving communities closer to home. Currently, as President of Indigenous Innovations Shelter Corporation, she is delighted to work with cross-functional teams- from Federal, Provincial, First Nations governments to private civil and construction firms- to build homes and co-create neighbourhoods with First Nations communities that residents will thrive and enjoy. While always leading projects with heart, Carolina practices evidence-based and data derived decision making and shares a strong tenacity for solutions.  Thank you !