Canada's Northern House focuses on future generations

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Youth ambassador from NWT Bhreagh Ingarfield welcomes visitors

We've celebrated Canada's Northern House over the past few weeks, which according to our readers was among the very best pavilions at Vancouver's 2010 Games. Northern House brimmed with pride when it came to economic growth, resource development, the arts, and northern culture. It also tantalized visitors with the opportunity to win a diamond mined in Canada's north. And unlike most venues, it opened weeks before everyone else – and most importantly – is remaining open until the end of the Paralympic Games. So if you've not visited Canada's Northern House yet, you've still got a chance!

One key aspect of Northern House is the dedication towards youth and leadership from our northern communities. They set up a Youth Ambassador Program where young people like Bhreagh Ingarfield, seen in this short video, can share her knowledge and experience of living in a small community. Ingarfield, who hails from a small town in Northwest Territories, was my host during my visit. The program is described on NWT's website like this:

Youth ambassadors drawn from communities in all regions will be helping to promote the NWT during the Games and gaining valuable leadership experience at the same time. Ambassadors will be working at Canada's Northern House and around Vancouver to share their stories of life in the North and their communities. When the Games are over, ambassadors will serve as role models back home, sharing their experiences and new skills with friends and other community members.

To me it's great that they've provided this experience for young people, and given them the ability to share it with friends and family back home. I asked the typical big city boy question, what was it like visiting Vancouver with hundreds of thousands of visitors walking the streets?

"I admit It's pretty overwhelming," comments Bhreagh. "I attend school up in Squamish right now, and even that place feels pretty busy for someone from a small town with a population of 100 or so like me." Bhreagh showed off Northern House, with its exhibits explaining the scale of industry happening there, a stage featuring northern performers, and information about the arts and northern wildlife.

There's other fun activities for kids, especially the little table set up for constructing your own Inukshuk. Inside there was a line-up for the venue's most popular exhibit, the video postcard wall. And of course, it's all around during the month of March. Here's a few photos I took at the House.

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Anyone who didn't receive there fun video from Northern House, check your junk mail folder. That's where I found mine thankfully.

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