CNAY partnered with National Public Radio to include engage Native youth and listen to their perspectives and priorities, especially around resilience. In the past year, NPR Reporter Rebecca Hersher has reported on Greenland’s persistent problem of suicide among young Inuit people, and what is being done to prevent it. During the discussion with youth, she and photographer John Poole presented the radio story and photographs illustrating the history that led to the high suicide rates, and how Native Greenlanders are working to rebuild their communities.
Following that session, NPR turned the conversation over to Native youth to learn about their efforts to enhance cultural understanding and build resilience in tribal and urban Indian communities. During the conversation, youth shared their own stories of leading efforts to address issues like youth suicide, racism and other challenges. Youth shared successes like removing an on-campus mural of Christopher Columbus, creating a Native history curriculum, and many more inspiring success stories.