Message from Shawn Batise, Executive Director, Wabun Tribal Council

Shawn Batise, Executive Director

Shawn Batise, Executive Director

I want to thank and congratulate our Wabun health staff in developing programs dedicated to our Wabun youth.  Wabun Tribal Council has been in existence now for almost 20 years and we have been fortunate enough along the way to bring on staff with the kind of expertise, knowledge and experience to produce meaningful programs directed to the health and wellness of our young people in the Wabun Tribal Council First Nations.

The Wabun Youth Gathering provides the opportunity for our young people to acquire first hand knowledge through the various programs available and a chance to expand their horizons and meet fellow Wabun members from other communities.  I am hopeful that all of the work we do in this area will assist in developing future leaders for our First Nations.

I look at the Wabun Youth Gathering and I realize that I wish I had the opportunity to participate in this type of programming when I was a youngster.  We are living in a time when our young people are losing their culture and slipping away from the language, traditions and spirituality of our people.  Our Wabun Youth Gathering is an important means to assist our youth to reconnect with the culture or in some cases to connect for the first time with the knowledge of our Elders.  Our Elders play a strong role in the support, encouragement and participation at these gatherings.  I would also like to give thanks to the Wabun Chiefs without whose continued support this would not be possible.  I look forward to the ongoing development of the Wabun Youth Gathering.