Youth and Ecological Restoration

Helping exceptional youth build healthy community relationships with both the human and natural worlds.

Through restoring local watersheds with community members,
youth gain a sense of worth, belonging and place.

NEWS & EVENTS AT YER

Shamanic Gathering in Finland – Shamanistinen kokoontuminen Suomessa

Shamanic Gathering in Finland – Shamanistinen kokoontuminen Suomessa

“ECOLOGY TRANSFORMS YOUTH”
Mielikki Kotilainen (Wendy Kotilla) has been drawn to nature for shamanistic healing and guidance throughout her life in Canada. Since the age of four, she has gone to rivers for solace. Nature rituals include witnessing eagles bathing and listening to ancient forest wisdom. Mielikki has engaged in Native American sweat lodge, bathing and Sundance ceremonies for over twenty years. Her ancestors came from Kivijarvi and Tampere in Central Finland.

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Elders Guiding Youth

Elders Guiding Youth

Oyster River Enhancement Society (ORES) has been a dedicated supporter of Youth and Ecological Restoration (YER) since the program began in 2004. Youth #6 was the first to come and help ORES volunteers with restoring salmon stocks to the river. In 2005, Youth #20 said that “ORES is a birthplace that brings life to the world. It is a place for fish to mate and we can help them.”

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YER Transitioning to New Blood

YER Transitioning to New Blood

The Youth and Ecological Restoration Program (YER) is going through changes this fall. After sixteen years of YER being operated by one person, it is time to introduce someone else into the program leadership. This transitioning to new blood has been ongoing for a couple of years with the main goal of ensuring YER continue with its integrity intact.

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