A tale of two cities: Supporting Northern LOCO

At Kids Up Front, we’re all about supporting community-led, grassroots organizations. When we were approached by Jason Collard at Fort Providence’s Northern LOCO about their upcoming exchange with students at St. Pius X, offering our support was an easy decision. We are thrilled to be connected with this incredible organization that strives to empower and connect youth through shared experiences.

About Northern LOCO

 Based in the Northwest Territories, Northern LOCO’s primary mission is to create sustainable futures for Northern communities. Their vision is for a future in which these communities are healthy, vibrant, prosperous and environmentally sustainable.

One of the main services offered by Northern LOCO is youth programming. Their programs honour and celebrate indigenous knowledge and ignite pride within their youth membership. Programming helps youth discover their passions and provides opportunities for them to further develop their knowledge and skills. This work is done with the goal of helping youth attain prosperous careers.

Northern LOCO approached us about their exchange with students from St. Pius X in Ottawa. The exchange program offers Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth a chance to connect, listen, understand and walk forward together. The goal is to demystify, define and give voice and action to reconciliation. The exchange is also designed to build interpersonal and community connections.

Program Coordinator Jason Collard is an Ottawa alumni, having founded Youth Ottawa before moving to Fort Providence, NT. He said the following of the exchange:

We hope to provide our youth with positive experiences that let them be at their best and just be the great kids that they are.”

 The exchange ran from November 9-16.

Kids Up Front’s Involvement

Students from Northern Loco and Deh Gáh school at an Ottawa Senators game.

Students from Deh Gáh school in Fort Providence, NT watching the Ottawa Senators.

 Kids Up Front were thrilled to provide some memorable experiences to the participants in the youth exchange. Following their arrival on Saturday November 9th, the group boarded a shuttle bus to the Canadian Tire Centre. There, they saw the Ottawa Senators defeat the Carolina Hurricanes.

We also provided the youth passes to the Boeing Above and Beyond exhibit at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum. This interactive exhibit offered a variety of unique experiences. Youth were able to fly a simulated drone, experience flight as a bird and design their own virtual jets.

Kids Up Front understands the power of grassroots organizers. We believe in the impact of shared experiences in establishing a connection to communities. We are proud to support Northern LOCO and the worthwhile work they complete.