Monday, July 19, 2010

More aboriginal students to succeed with funding support boost

Russell Nahdee vividly recalls getting off the bus as a teenager in London, Ontario, on a cold February day back in the 1970s with all his belongings in two green garbage bags. His father had passed away years before, his mother had moved away and so he left behind what remained of his family on the Walpole Island First Nation reserve with a bold, singular intention. Unlike so many of his peers, Nahdee was going to finish high school.


Computer class aimed at young aboriginals

A $54,000 grant to Camosun College will support a pilot program intended to help aboriginal youth develop computer skills.

Camosun is one of 51 schools and organizations receiving grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The Camosun project, dubbed Aboriginal Youth Awareness of Computer Science or "ANCEStor," will receive $18,000 in each of the next three years.


Chief in plaintive call to stem suicides: Six Nations face crisis over youth

Denise Davy
The Hamilton Spectator
OHSWEKEN (Jul 19, 2010)

Youth have come together with officials at Six Nations to find a solution to the spike in suicides among youth and young adults on the reserve.
Seven young people have ended their lives over the past year. All were between the ages of 16 and 20.


Friday, July 16, 2010

Aboriginal gathering will get city vibrating

Manitoba's aboriginal communities are hosting a national meeting of First Nations leaders next week, and all Winnipeggers are invited to join the party.


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Northern science, engineering, and technology skills workshops

Iqaluit, (Nunavut), July 14, 2010 – Youth across the North’s three territories will benefit from science, engineering, and technology skills workshops this summer thanks to an investment from the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency. The camps will be delivered by Actua, an organization which provides kids programs designed to inspire young people to pursue careers in the sciences.


Pride program buoys Aboriginal students

"I was going to give up on school. Now I plan to become a psychologist," says Gail Many Shots, who is 17 years old and attends Father Lacombe High School.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

RCMP-led Aboriginal youth program to launch in Cadotte Lake

A new community group for Woodland Cree youth may start as early as this summer. The Woodland Cree Youth Corps, the brainchild of local RCMP officers, already has a major corporate sponsor and promising public interest.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training upcoming session

ASIST: A LivingWorks program
LivingWorks has been helping communities become suicide-safer since 1983. Comprehensive, layered, integrated and accessible, there is a program for everyone who wants to help.
Currently there are over 3,500 ASIS trainers around the world. Over 750,000 people have taken ASIST. Visit for more information about ASIST or contact your local ASIST traner.

Upcoming Ottawa training session:

Date: July 28&29, 2010
Location: Ottawa (specific location will be shared with you when you register)
Contact to Register: Email Erin at or call 613 830 3093
Registration Fee: $180 regular or $160 student


Monday, July 12, 2010

Gymnastics club receives provincial grant to offer program on reserve

2010 Legacies Now in partnership with the Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport is investing $2,000 in the Delta Gymnastics Society to deliver a pilot program offering recreational gymnastics to children at the Tsawwassen First Nations reserve.


Prevention & Intervention Program Aims to Bring Issue of Suicide Out of the Shadows

100 Mile –This fall Interior Health will be partnering with the South Cariboo Suicide Prevention Advisory Committee in order to build a suicide safer community. The partnership project is to provide the internationally recognized ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Program in September this year, which will increase the community’s capacity to respond actively to persons at risk for suicide.


FNUniv to host Health and Science Summer Camp, and Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Camp

REGINA — High school students from across the province will have a couple of opportunities to check out the First Nations University of Canada this summer.


Safe Communities initiatives aim to steer at-risk youths away from crime

Calgary... Building hope and confidence among at-risk Aboriginal youth is the focus of three new Safe Communities Innovation Fund pilot projects.

“Strong, confident young people help build strong, safe Aboriginal communities,” said Aboriginal Relations Minister Len Webber. “Thanks to the commitment of entire communities, at-risk Aboriginal youths will get the support they need to feel good about themselves and to make positive choices.”


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Hurting

Award-winning novelist Joseph Boyden on the link between residential schools and the devastation of native suicide.