Monday, February 21, 2011
The Department of Health and Social Services, in partnership with the NWT Suicide Prevention Steering Committee, will be offering the training program at the Gwich'in Wellness Camp outside of Inuvik from March 19 to 28, 2011.
The revised one-week curriculum will use Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, and will consist of three phases that are culturally-relevant and community-based. The first phase will be grieving and healing work, the second phase will be community asset mapping, and the third phase will be planning to help communities address the issue of suicide.
"Anyone with intervention skills can intervene and save a life, which is why the program is open to all residents - and not just mental health professionals," said Minister of Health and Social Services, Sandy Lee. "With this new training program, community members will have the skills to help fellow community members."
Through the NWT Suicide Prevention Training Program, healthy living and wellness is being promoted which is a key priority in the Department of Health and Social Services' A Foundation for Change and the Government of the Northwest Territories' goal of healthy, educated residents.
For more information, contact:
Health and Social Services
Tel: (867) 920-8927
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Teen suicide is beyond what most of us can fathom. No parent should have to bury their children. I have done it in my films and even that much was emotionally uncomfortable and draining.
American Indian teens take their own lives at more than two times the rate of any other teen demographic in the USA, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of course, these numbers are just averages, so on certain reservations the suicide rate is exponentially higher. But calculating the numbers is easy. It's the reasons that are harder to fathom.Read More
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Michael Short- February 14, 2011The pain caused by the suicide of a young person is almost too terrible to imagine, certainly too terrible to be adequately described. Words so often elude us here. But we need to talk about youth suicide, not avoid it in the misguided belief that keeping it taboo somehow shelters people in difficulty from dangerous thoughts. Only through appropriate discussion can we cement the crucial concept that young people have many options - and suicide is not one of them.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister announces new International Aboriginal Youth Internships (IAYI) initiative!!!
“The new International Aboriginal Youth Internships initiative is an exciting, new initiative that will bring a new experience to Canada’s Aboriginal youth,” said Minister Oda. “Their unique perspective and heritage will enhance our work in developing countries and enrich their opportunities to contribute to Canada’s efforts to bring a better life to those living in poverty around the world. I firmly believe that our government’s outreach to the Aboriginal youth in Canada in this way will open new doors in their futures.”
Through the IAYI initiative, each year 140 Canadian Aboriginal youth will have the opportunity to work in developing countries on Canadian-supported development projects with recognized organizations. This initiative will be supported with $10.5 million over five years.
In developing the initiative, CIDA consulted with national aboriginal organizations, including the Assembly of First Nations, the Native Women’s Association of Canada, and the Métis National Council, as well as with Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and Canadian Heritage.
The internships will be implemented by qualified Canadian organizations selected under CIDA’s new Global Citizens Program. Canadian organizations are invited to apply by submitting a proposal before April 7, 2011.
Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Each year over 3,500 Canadians die by suicide. That means 10 people die by suicide every day. No community goes untouched by suicide.
On the 5th of November I was honoured to introduce my Private Member's Bill C-593, An Act respecting a National Strategy for Suicide Prevention that will direct the Federal government to establish a national suicide prevention strategy, in consultation with the provincial, territorial and First Nations Governments.
Since that time this Bill has gained considerable momentum, and we have gained the support of many community allies, and with their help we have begun to bring more awareness to this issue that affects the lives of so many Canadians.
I am so proud of the progress this bill has made in such a short time but more needs to be done.
For your information below are links to the work that has been done on this bill to date, and should you wish to receive more information about this bill or would like to share any information please do not hesitate to be in touch with my office.
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Monday, February 7, 2011
In November 2010, Richardson’s daughter, Daron, 14, took her own life.
“We lost a beautiful daughter and sister,” said Luke Richardson, on behalf of his wife, Stephanie and 16-year-old daughter Morgan. “Daron was also a dear friend and teammate to many. She is sorely missed by all of us.”
“At that very tragic time in November we made the decision to speak publicly about suicide because we wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. We wanted to do what was best for Morgan, for the three of us to understand, to remember Daron and move forward.” added Richardson.
QALUIT — Before an audience of about two dozen Iqaluit teenagers gathered inside a local youth centre, Leona Aglukkaq, the national health minister, on Friday announced a $2.4-million boost to a regional research program aimed at improving the mental health of Nunavut youth.
"As a northerner I have seen how difficult it can be for small or remote communities to deal with mental health issues affecting our young people," she said. "And it also pains me to say the suicide rate in Nunavut is highest among young people, and this has to change."
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Junior Research /Policy/ or Program Officer Positions
The First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada (FNIHB), in partnership with several Aboriginal Organizations located in the National Capital Region (Ottawa, Gatineau and surrounding area), is seeking Aboriginal post-secondary students interested in program and policy related summer positions. This is a Aboriginal culture-based program. Successful applicants will participate in an orientation day and bi-weekly activities in an Aboriginal cultural setting.
Students will be placed at Health Canada in Ottawa or with participating National Aboriginal Organization in a substantive (non-clerical) position.
Qualifications for these positions include an interest in Aboriginal health issues, enrolment in policy related studies such as social work, nursing, political science, Aboriginal (Native *) affairs, law, ethics, economics, environment and other related faculties. Résumés or curriculum vitae should clearly show the applicant’s interest and aptitude in policy, research or program areas.
To be considered for these positions, students must self-identify as Aboriginal and must register with Public Service Commission - Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP). Qualified applicants will be placed on a list according to position criteria.
If you are interested in participating in the Aboriginal Summer Student Program, please register through the Public Service Commission at: http://jobs-emplois.gc.ca/fswep-pfete/index-eng.htm. Recommended deadline is February 15, 2011
For further information about ASSP, you may contact: