September 19, 2017
1:30 pm to 3:00 pmAdd to Calendar (iCal) Add to Google Calendar
Indigenous Youth Wellness
About the Session:
This presentation will focus on building the strength and of First Nations Youth using a holistic approach.The presenters have worked on the basis that many First Nation youth may not be burdened with mental illness but may often be lacking the social and cultural supports to feel well and be strong. This presentation includes a lived experienced component as the presenters had lived in a community with youth suicide and participation in youth prevention activities that took place. This presentation focuses on best practices for building strength and resilience in youth in all aspects of their being. These best practices are based on experience in a northern Saskatchewan community that experienced youth suicide and had implemented successful strength-based and community-based programming that assisted youth to begin to regain strength and resilience holistically. Examples will be provided on how youth can be supported to be stronger and more resilient. The presenters will focus on concrete examples of how indigenous youth wellness should be at looked, incorporating emotional well being, physical well being, mental well being and spiritual well being of the youth from an Indigenous Knowledge perspective.
George Morin and Fred Kelly are both Elders and are members of their respective communities. Both have worked and for First Nation Governments and or community organizations. Both are sought after for their Traditional Diverse Knowledge in many areas of Indigenous life including health, education, environment, and spirituality.
Crisis to Capacity Building: Supporting Indigenous Youth in Northern Ontario
About the Session:
Attawapiskat declared a State of Emergency after 11 suicide attempts in one night. The Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI) engaged stakeholders in an attempt to determine the needs of the youth using interRAI Child and Youth Mental Health (ChYMH) assessments. This presentation will focus on lessons learned and unique challenges providing support to this population as CPRI and Payukotayno, the local children’s mental health service provider, partnered to build capacity.
Kaylan Bartholomew is an Analyst and coach with the Applied Research and Education Department at CPRI. She supports Payukotayno in their use of interRAI tools to support Indigenous youth of Northern Ontario. Kaylan has prior experience working with high risk youth in residential care and in communities as a Behaviour Consultant
Ben Williams is a Youth Wellness worker with Payukotayno – James and Hudson Bay Family Services. He works directly with youth and their families in remote communities such as Attawapiskat. He is a member of Payukotayno’s interRAI implementation team focusing on integrating the interRAI tools into agency practice.
Indigenous Perspectives on Mental Health and Awareness
About the Session:
The focus of the presentation will be on ‘wise practices’ that were utilized throughout Community Suicide Prevention Engagements across the province. It will cover examples of wise practices in regards to involving the community through engagement, responding accordingly to that engagement through a Traditional approach with valuable collaboration to efficiently coordinate appropriate mental health services according to each community need. Areas of interest that will be discussed include: providing cultural competency through awareness building of the colonial history and subsequent impacts; the utilization of sacred medicines and cultural teachings to ensure a holistic, Traditional approach in prevention; and the healing of communities with strong effective collaboration of partnerships that reflect cultural understandings of maintaining good relations.
Tanis Thompson currently works with the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA). Tanis brings with her a background in psychology, social work, training in trauma and suicide prevention, and over ten (10) years of experience servicing Indigenous populations within various communities across the province. Tanis is passionate about health and wellness, reducing social/personal stigma and improving mental health. Her current focus at ONWA as the Mental Health Coordinator is geared towards building capacity and creating awareness regarding mental health and addictions. This is accomplished by providing knowledge to communities to build further understanding of the impacts of colonization amongst Indigenous peoples, due to various historical traumatic events, and how these events have a noticeable effect on the health and mental well-being of Indigenous peoples. Her personality, positive attitude and passion for this issue is evident in her work, as she strives to remove prejudices’, racism, and reduce the stigma of mental health by addressing mental health issues, addictions, family violence and suicides within communities across the province with a high need for expansion in services.