A conference focused on building bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people has drawn more than 100 youth to Saskatoon. 

The Canadian Roots Exchange is hosting its National Youth Conference in the city on Saturday and Sunday.

This year it hopes youth form aboriginal and non-aboriginal backgrounds can learn from each other. 

 "They're really proud of who they are and that's different right," said D'Arcy Blacklock, the vice-principal of Oskayak high school in Saskatoon.  "Now they're feeling like, 'we are something, we are proud, we are standing for something and it's really important.  And the environment is important and all the things we always have believed in traditionally are important,'" she said.

The young people are taking on a number of serious issues such as dealing with addictions, the impact of residential school and the Idle No More movement.