Thursday, September 30, 2010

Aboriginal children to get laptops

The Belinda Stronach Foundation is giving up to 5,000 laptops loaded with specialized software to children in aboriginal communities across Canada!!

The green-coloured XO laptop computers are the same as those built and distributed by One Laptop Per Child, an organization that estimates it has donated more than two million laptops worldwide.


Koostachin set fine example for Aboriginal youth to follow

It is heartening to be able to write about 15-year-old Shannen Koostachin and how she has become an inspiration to other Aboriginal youth who are trying to improve conditions in their communities by becoming politically active.

It's just so sad there is a tragic twist to that story.


Friday, September 17, 2010

HLN Contest 2010: How do YOU Honour Life?!

Thats right HLN's annual suicide prevention and awareness contest is back!! Only this year we are doing things a little differently!

The contest, entitled How do YOU Honour Life? is open to all First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth between the ages of 17 and 30.

The HLN wants to hear how YOU honour life, and is encouraging youth to submit an entry into one of three categories: multimedia, visual or written.

For more information go to the How do YOU Honour Life page

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Think you've got what it takes?! Check it out!

Do you live in Edmonton... think you have what it takes to be a youth leader?! Well check it out!!!

Aboriginal youth interested in aquatics and leadership development are encouraged to apply to the Nîkânihew (Neek–An–I–Ew) program starting October 4, 2010.

Nîkânihew means “one who leads the way” in Cree. This Aboriginal Youth Leadership Program combines cultural teachings and guidance from Aboriginal elders with water safety education, first aid, CPR and leadership skills offered through the City of Edmonton.

Selected applicants will receive the following, valued at more than $1200:
•Monthly Edmonton Transit Service pass
•City of Edmonton leisure centre facility pass
•Program supplies and materials
•Light meal provided at each session

To participate in the program, you must be of Aboriginal ancestry, between the ages of 15 and 22, committed to attending the program each week, and have previous swimming experience.

Apply today to become a leader in your community.
Application deadline: Friday October 1, 2010
Program dates: Monday October 4, 2010 – Monday March 28, 2011
Time: 4:30 – 7:30pm
Location: Grand Trunk Fitness and Leisure Centre (13025 112 Street). The program will be moving to O’Leary Fitness & Leisure Center (8804 132 Avenue) in November.

For more information:

Brian Bowers
Telephone 780-886-2992
Fax 780-496-6909

Inaugural suicide walk teaches and soothes

The Honouring Life Network would like to congratulate those who participated in the Medicine Trail Walk for Life in Nova Scotia, mentioned in the below article. Thank you for raising awareness for suicide prevention in your community and also your country.

INDIAN BROOK: On Friday, a group of people began walking together. By Sunday, some of them had walked 250 kilometres, from Indian Brook to Eskasoni First Nation, through wind, rain, and sun.

The first Medicine Trail Walk for Life in Nova Scotia was held to raise awareness for suicide prevention, and to bring healing through 10 First Nations communities along the route. It was a re-creation of the Mi’kmaq ancestors’ ways of receiving medicines by travelling through communities to share knowledge, healing, and remedies.


Monday, September 13, 2010

Discussing suicide to save lives

WINNIPEG - Tim Wall thinks suicide, one of the most taboo subjects, should be everyone’s business. He’s not alone. Dozens of Manitobans gathered Friday, World Suicide Prevention Day, to lift the veil on the topic.


Manitoba's program has life-saving impact Province has 'moral duty' to help

More than two years after a wave of deaths in Shamattawa earned national attention, preliminary figures show the province's $8-million plan to combat aboriginal youth suicide might be having an effect.


Friday, September 10, 2010

World Suicide Prevention Day!

What an amazing day here in Ottawa, perfect to honour life and promote suicide prevntion and awareness...which is exactly what the Honouring Life Network did this afternoon while attending a world suicide prevention day event on Parliament Hill!!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

World Suicide Prevention Day 2010

Check out this link for more information on tomorrows event hosted on Parliament Hill by National Inuit Youth Council, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, Inuit Tuttarvingat, The National Aboriginal Health Organization,Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and US The Honouring Life Network.

Friday September 10th is Suicide Prevention Day

TORONTO, Sept. 9 /CNW/ - Suicide will touch us all in some way, directly or indirectly, at some point in our lives. With approximately 4,000 Canadians dying by suicide in a one year period, surveys show a significant percentage of Canadians know someone who has attempted or has died by suicide.


World Suicide Prevention Day 2010

In honour of World Suicide Prevention Day tomorrow, September 10th 2010, the Honouring Life Network will be celebrating life together on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. If you happen to be in the area, come say hi and show your support for suicide prevention and awareness in Canada!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

High aboriginal suicide rates prompt awareness walk

NDIAN BROOK: It takes around five hours to drive from Indian Brook to Eskasoni First Nation. One group will be embarking on the 250 km journey Sept. 10 – but they will do it on foot.

Chasity Meuse has walked across the country to spread awareness of suicide prevention in First Nations communities. For the past three years, she has served as a keynote speaker for the suicide prevention walk from Red Bank to Eel Ground First Nations in New Brunswick. This year, she felt compelled to start something in her own backyard, and so began the Medicine Trail Walk for Life.


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

HUGE Youth Job Opportunity!!!

Production Assistant

STATUS: Permanent, Full Time – 8 month contract
LOCATION: Iqaluit,
SUPERVISOR: Kath Clarida, Producer/Director Trainer
DATE: Sept, 2010

Summary of Duties:

Under the supervision of the Trainer and Producer Trainee, the Production Assistant will help research and produce television programs.

The Production Assistant duties are but are not limited to:

- Identify story and program ideas;
- Conduct preliminary research;
- Schedule guests and interviews;
- Act as script assistant on remote and studio shoots;
- Locate or create props, furnishings, and sets;
- Design and produce graphics (including digital);
- Assist in the use of marketing tools including social marketing(Facebook, YouTube, Twitter)
- Conduct interviews;
- Prepare tape transcripts;
- Write scripts;
- Host programs and segments;
- Log tapes;
- Paper-edit programs and segments;
- Edit Segments;
- Translate segments and or voice segments as needed;
- Act as floor director when required;
- Establish and maintain filing and record keeping system for programs.

This is exciting work and could lead to a FULL-TIME position after the 8 months if IBC/APTN likes whats been done!! The Production Assitant would work with the Producer/Director trainer for the project and will be working closely with the crew to have them take over the production.

If you or someone you know is interested contact Kath Clarida at: