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IRC coordinates a number of programs aimed at youth in the region. Under this initiative, IRC staff have carried out the following activities:
• Provided Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) http://livingworks.net/page/Applied%20Suicide%20Intervention%20Skills%20...(ASIST) to youth and adults (nurses, counselors, etc.) in each community, enabling them to become certified interveners in their communities.
• Started a youth committee in each community so youth can come up with ideas and identify solutions to the problems they find hindering the youth within their respective communities.
• Worked with local schools to deliver an injury prevention program to younger children (grades 1 to 5) to teach them how to recognize the dangers of everyday life and how to deal with or fix the problems.
• Worked with other IRC staff to develop a pilot project for a national organization that deals specifically with aboriginal youth mental health initiatives. John – what program?
The Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth (CCAY) http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1333030576029/1333030620605 initiative, funded by the federal government, continues to provide resources for youth centres in Inuvik, Tuktoyaktuk and Aklavik.
The programs range from cultural activities (such as whale harvesting, fishing and gutting, on-the-land programs, sewing and craft, and drum dancing) to economic education classes to teach youth financial basics such as how to open a bank account and manage a budget.
Youth Wellness Coordinator
IRC’s youth wellness coordinator sits on the National Inuit Youth Council (NIYC) http://www.niyc.ca/, the Canadian Youth Strategy national board, and also on the Inuvik Youth Center committee.
If you want to learn more about current youth initiatives, please contact: