The Youth Secretariat provides a voice for First Nations youth in Manitoba. The YS also aim at inspiring hope through creating opportunities and sharing information.
One of the main focus has been on Youth Health and Wellness (formerly Suicide Prevention) as identified a priority by youth. The focus is on strengths, empowerment, culture and tradition. Part of this includes presentations and workshops on the promotion of health and wellness, resiliency and protective factors. The goal is on to empower young people by strengthening identity and well-being.
A year Traditional Youth Gathering is held to facilitate the connection between Knowledge Keepers and youth.
The YS works closely with the First Nations Youth Advisory which is the advisory committee for initiatives under the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. It is important that youth involvement and direction is provided when working with youth programs so the YS gathers this information at events, workshops and other initiatives.