K to A: Canoe Quest Seeds of Love, Leadership and Truth

The community around Nisto Awasisak Memorial School lost one of their youth leaders, so a canoe quest in tribute of this youth leader was done for the youth to visit and see their traditional lands and rivers as a way to deal with the pain and bring hope back into their lives. Through this initiative, new coping skills were developed for dealing with loss. “The youth that were grieving have found new ways to cope and have found this canoe quest to be helpful in their healing journey to their traditional territory.” “They were searching for guidance and found it on the land and on the river. The youth saw things they could not explain but when the [E]lders speak of the past lessons taught by their grandparents, the youth understood what they saw, for example: ‘When an Eagle visits you while you grieve, it is a loved one who has come to visit you.’”

Additionally, the youth engaged in various traditional activities such as “canoe races, archery tournament, fish derbies, fish fillet, and survival cooking.” “The [E]lders taught the youth how to make miniature cabins and how to sew purses from recycled material.” “The traditional medicine man was able to come and teach the youth about the medicinal plants. The young girls said they ‘enjoyed picking medicine for the [E]lders.’ The medicine man taught us how to pray and identify the medical plants and which season to pick them.”

Support youth and community well-being through the collaborative action of community partners working together. Through evidence, tools and resources, SAYCW supports stakeholders to turn the knowledge gained through the youth health survey into health promoting action.

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This report provides a brief review of the scientific literature on COVID-19 and its effects on youth health, with particular emphasis on mental health.  SAYCW shares relevant data from the pre-pandemic, 2019 SAYCW survey – these findings show how stressors and unhealthy behaviours that have been worsened by the pandemic (e.g., worry, connection with others, screen time, etc.) had impacted Saskatchewan youths’ health and well-being prior to the pandemic. Suggested health promotion actions to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19 and improve youth health and well-being are also shared.

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