Fort Chipewyan (LAYC)

Fort Chipewyan Partner


A healthy, safe, sustainable community, helping youth to gain the knowledge, confidence and skills they need to be successful in life and make positive contributions to their community.

Established as a non-profit organization in 2012, LAYC’s mission is to have community working together to provide support for youth-led activities. LAYC is run by a volunteer board, with representatives from organizations within the community (Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Mikisew Cree First Nation, Metis Local, Nunee Health Board, RCMP, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Athabasca Delta Community School), as well as Elders, adults and youth of the community at large.  LAYC also has a full-time Coordinator and hires summer students each year.


LAYC is focused in Fort Chipewyan, an isolated community in Northern Alberta surrounded by muskeg and situated on the shore of Lake Athabasca. Fort Chipewyan is affected by industry and neighbors seven active oil sands projects. It is a community with two First Nations and one Metis government. Fort Chipewyan is Alberta’s oldest settlement. The last residential school in Fort Chipewyan closed in 1974.


A community working together to provide support for youth-led activities.


  • Fun Fair brainstorm for youth activities

  • Sponsorship and support for Tae Kwon Do after school

  • Unity Charity at Athabasca Delta Community School

  • Swim Trip to Fort McMurray

  • Hockey Trip to Edmonton

  • Open Houses and Annual General Meetings

  • Red Dress Fashion Show fundraiser for Heart and Stroke Foundation

  • Annual Summer Work Ethics Program
LAYC by the Numbers:
  • Activities and Programming in 2014: 20
  • Youth age range: 5 to 22 years old
  • Total youth reached through programming: 335
  • Total volunteers: 120


In 2014, LAYC created a three-year work plan to reach the following goals:

  • Youth Take Action: Continue to grow youth skills to have greater involvement and take leadership role in LAYC planning.
  • Youth Trust People: Build upon connections between board members, youth, community and partners/friends.
  • Youth Dream Big: Develop and provide mentorship programs helping youth reach their goals/dreams.


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