Each year, the National Youth Council uses their platform to give back to youth in our communities who are committed to advocating and empowering off-reserve Indigenous, Métis and Southern Inuit youth in Canada. This year we would like to recognize the achievements of Bethany Sunday Shortt, from Vancouver, B.C.

Bethany Sunday Shortt is young person who has faced challenges in her life that have continuously inspired her to fight for change in the Urban Indigenous Community in Vancouver, with which she identifies. From her mental health advocacy to her work with the Aboriginal Life in Vancouver Enhancement Society as the Elders’ Research Coordinator, Bethany has shown tremendous compassion for her communities. Bethany is in the process of completing her high school education with the goal of attending University to pursue a Bachelors in Social Work while also creating a social justice arts collective in order to help reduce barriers of art production and promotion.

Bethany’s perseverance, ability to overcome challenges, and her focus on community growth has made her this year’s choice for the Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award.