The Youth Life Promotions program is designed to support urban Indigenous youth ages 13-24 to achieve success. The program is founded on the principles of self-determination and cultural reclamation. **** Due to the current covid-19 pandemic, all youth life promotions programing have been moved to a virtual platform. Programs currently being offered are aiding to help individuals live a balanced lifestyle, while promoting healthy living, and a positive mental state.*****
Core components of the program include:
- Providing preventative support to youth to support better mental health outcomes;
- Fostering youth leadership opportunities and co-development of programming;
- Youth Culture Camps: The camps provide youth with access to water and land based activities.
- Facilitating access to and knowledge exchanges with Elders/Traditional Knowledge Holders; and
- Cultural teachings, traditional medicines, food education, language retention and reclamation.
- Gain access to supports to nurture and sustain mental well-being;
- Access new ways of knowing, understanding, problem-solving and decision making;
- Be immersed in Indigenous knowledge and ways of being;
- Gain access to ceremonies, medicines, languages, teachings and traditional foods; and,
- Gain access to water and land-based skills and cultural practices.
Direct-Service User Supports:
- Supports individuals through one to one service provision and peer counselling;
- Facilitate a plan of care and if required a case management approach to service delivery;
- Encourage the participation of two-spirit and indigenous LGBTQ+ youth through inclusive and diverse programming.
Participant Based Supports:
- Promoting Indigenous rights moving toward self-determination and leadership development;
- Facilitate sharing circles that include formative teachings and discussion;
- Transmission of cultural knowledge through storytelling and peer based activities;
- Facilitate knowledge transfer on traditional medicines and food (use, storage, medicine bags. growing\picking, caring for, and preparing); and
- Promote cultural language-reclamation and retention.
- Culture camps provide community based activities throughout the year including indigenous seasonal calenders (mid-winter, ) seasonal holidays, scheduled breaks and after school; and,
- Facilitating access to and knowledge exchange with Elders and traditional knowledge keepers.