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About


Pathways to Mental Wellness for Indigenous Boys and Men:

Community-Led and Land-Based Programs in the Canadian North

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About


Pathways to Mental Wellness for Indigenous Boys and Men:

Community-Led and Land-Based Programs in the Canadian North

Movember Circumpolar is a partnership of organizations from across the circumpolar North, funded by the Movember Foundation. Our project partners are focused on improving mental wellness in northern communities through the use of land-based programming and they include organizations from Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Newfoundland and Labrador. The goal of this three-year project is to evaluate the effectiveness of the programs and to share those findings with the global community.

Within Canada, there is a North-South disparity in the impact of mental health issues, including suicide, suicidal behaviour, and addictions, on individuals and communities. Indigenous male youth are disproportionately affected, with suicide rates from 3 to 11 times higher than their non-Indigenous peers. The disparity appears to arise from a context of broader social inequality, and its magnitude underscores the need for action.

Recent research has began to focus on identifying protective and resiliency factors, such as the ability to cope with stress, social support, work satisfaction, self-esteem, and a mastery of skills, which are considered helpful to improving mental health. In a Northern Circumpolar context, factors such as cultural revitalization, connectedness to parents and role models, and learning and practising culture appear to contribute positively to mental health and wellbeing.

It is against this backdrop that we have embarked on this project to improve the mental health of Indigenous boys and men in Northern Canada, and to contribute to the evidence base for land-based programs.

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Partners


OUR PARTNERS

Partners


OUR PARTNERS

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Kwanlin Dun First Nation


Kwanlin Dun First Nation - Dept. of Justice

Whitehorse, YT

The Jackson Lake Wellness Camp is a short-term residential treatment program for trauma, mental health, and drug/alcohol problems. It involves multi-day to two-week on-the-land experiences that use cultural and clinical interventions along with land-based seasonal activities such as hunting, fishing and gathering to improve mental wellness.

Kwanlin Dun First Nation


Kwanlin Dun First Nation - Dept. of Justice

Whitehorse, YT

The Jackson Lake Wellness Camp is a short-term residential treatment program for trauma, mental health, and drug/alcohol problems. It involves multi-day to two-week on-the-land experiences that use cultural and clinical interventions along with land-based seasonal activities such as hunting, fishing and gathering to improve mental wellness.

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Inuvialuit Regional Corp


Inuvialuit Regional Corporation

Inuvik, NT

The on-the-land mental wellness camps will be delivered as a new program within Project Jewel: Helping Aboriginal People Re-discover Their Value, an initiative developed by the IRC to improve access to services for addiction treatment and/or mental health and wellness.Determined by the needs of participants, programming may include: impacts of residential school, relapse prevention, building positive relationships, grief and loss, life skills, etc.

Inuvialuit Regional Corp


Inuvialuit Regional Corporation

Inuvik, NT

The on-the-land mental wellness camps will be delivered as a new program within Project Jewel: Helping Aboriginal People Re-discover Their Value, an initiative developed by the IRC to improve access to services for addiction treatment and/or mental health and wellness.Determined by the needs of participants, programming may include: impacts of residential school, relapse prevention, building positive relationships, grief and loss, life skills, etc.

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Northern ICE


Northern ICE

Tulita, NT

Tulita's Teaching and Living the Dene Way of Life: On-The-Land Healing Program, is a seasonal land-based wellness program that will operate for 8 weeks, 4 times a year. Elders will guide youth, young adults, and men through the Dene way of life, holistic wellness, counselling and healing, and restorative justice and community building. Participants will take part in seasonal cultural and traditional ways to wellness to be proud of who they are and to reach their high standard through making right choices in their life.

Northern ICE


Northern ICE

Tulita, NT

Tulita's Teaching and Living the Dene Way of Life: On-The-Land Healing Program, is a seasonal land-based wellness program that will operate for 8 weeks, 4 times a year. Elders will guide youth, young adults, and men through the Dene way of life, holistic wellness, counselling and healing, and restorative justice and community building. Participants will take part in seasonal cultural and traditional ways to wellness to be proud of who they are and to reach their high standard through making right choices in their life.

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Arviat Wellness Centre


Arviat Wellness Centre

Arviat, NU

The Arviat Young Harvesters Program was initially developed to teach traditional land and harvesting skills to children, and to help provide food for their families. It formalizes traditional knowledge transfer practices among Inuit, from older to younger generations.

Arviat Wellness Centre


Arviat Wellness Centre

Arviat, NU

The Arviat Young Harvesters Program was initially developed to teach traditional land and harvesting skills to children, and to help provide food for their families. It formalizes traditional knowledge transfer practices among Inuit, from older to younger generations.

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Ilisaqsivik Society


Ilisaqsivik Society

Clyde River, NU

Ilisaqsivik has delivered variations of the Qimmivut program since December 2006. The primary objective is to promote wellness through Inuit cultural and land-based programming. The program activities include qimuksiq (dog teaming) and land-based hunting and camping trips facilitated by experienced mushers, hunters, and elders.

Ilisaqsivik Society


Ilisaqsivik Society

Clyde River, NU

Ilisaqsivik has delivered variations of the Qimmivut program since December 2006. The primary objective is to promote wellness through Inuit cultural and land-based programming. The program activities include qimuksiq (dog teaming) and land-based hunting and camping trips facilitated by experienced mushers, hunters, and elders.

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Nunatsiavut Government


Nunatsiavut Government - Dept. Health & Social Development

Hopedale, NL

Coordinated by a community committee and the Hopedale Youth Outreach Worker, the Aullaak program's target youth will engage with respected harvesters to participate in land-based activities - such as hunting, fishing, berry-picking, and gathering wood - as well as community-based processing and sharing of the meat, skins, fish, berries, and wood harvested; equipment preparation and maintenance; and other traditional activities. Throughout the programming, means of promoting mental health, coping with distress, and reducing substance abuse will be encouraged through drawing on both traditional/cultural knowledge and strategies and mainstream therapeutic approaches.

Nunatsiavut Government


Nunatsiavut Government - Dept. Health & Social Development

Hopedale, NL

Coordinated by a community committee and the Hopedale Youth Outreach Worker, the Aullaak program's target youth will engage with respected harvesters to participate in land-based activities - such as hunting, fishing, berry-picking, and gathering wood - as well as community-based processing and sharing of the meat, skins, fish, berries, and wood harvested; equipment preparation and maintenance; and other traditional activities. Throughout the programming, means of promoting mental health, coping with distress, and reducing substance abuse will be encouraged through drawing on both traditional/cultural knowledge and strategies and mainstream therapeutic approaches.

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Partners Map


Partners Map