N'we Jinan Festival & Youth Conference

The N’we Jinan Festival & Youth Conference celebrates the passion, courage, and creative journey of youth. In five years, we have hosted close to 1,000 Indigenous youth, creating opportunities for them to share their art, participate in workshops and performances, and connect with one another.

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The N’we Jinan Festival & Youth Conferences brings together a network of youth and artists from across the map. It is an opportunity to celebrate the creative work of the incredible youth who have participated in our programming and for Indigenous youth to showcase their work on a national level.

April 2020: N’we Jinan Festival & Youth Conference (NJFYC) – Montreal, QC (cancelled due to the pandemic)

NJFYC was scheduled to run April 14-17, 2020 in Montreal, QC and will host over 300 Indigenous youth from coast to coast.

Festival partners include: McGill University, Concordia University, Place des Arts, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, McCord Museum, Recording Arts Canada, and more!

April 18-21, 2019: N’we Jinan Festival & Youth Conference – Winnipeg, Manitoba

In April 2019, 200+ youth from 30 First Nations communities across Turtle Island gathered in Winnipeg, Manitoba for the N’we Jinan Festival & Youth conference. Festival attendees enjoyed art, music, and leadership workshops and celebrated one another’s work.

Watch the video of the 2019 festival here.

Media coverage from the 2019 festival:

Niigaan Sinclair, Fire of Youth Seeks to Light New Path (Winnipeg Free Press)

CityNews: The fire makers that sparked N’we Jinan 

CityNews: Bringing together youth from coast to coast

Attendees of previous festivals have said:

“You have us youth a voice and somewhere to start so we can keep going. Most motivational festival ever. I won’t let you down, you have me a start, now I’m gonna finish doing what I love.” – Student, Onion Lake

“I had such a great experience, and it was cool to work with new people at the workshops, and just come together as one. I met new people that I would call my friends. You guys have taught me so much in the last few days. So thank you for the opportunity and awesome experience.” Student, La La Croix