K to A: Culturally Courageous Land-Based Leadership

Dorintosh Central School offered activities to promote wellness, healthy lifestyles, and First Nations Cultural Responsiveness. They accomplished theses goals “by supporting all dimensions of health (Physically, Socially, Emotionally and Psychologically), First Nations culture, and land-based education activities for all students.”

Through the “Cree Camp” created by the local Cree community, youth participated in traditional practices of they participated in bead and blanket making, how to pull a net in winter, medicine walks, storytelling, Tipi teachings and held a Tipi ceremony. They also participated in winter camping, ice fishing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, shelter building, summer camping, nature walks, and canoeing. The Elders also taught the youth about Treaty signings and did a talk on reconciliation for them. The youth, in turn, conducted a treaty simulation for a group of 35 teachers within their School Division.

Additionally, through work with the Provincial Park’s interpretive center, youth engaged in nature walks, canoeing, ice age walk, geo-caching, swimming and camping (winter and summer). This initiative also led in part to the school pursuing a research grant through the Sterling McDowell Foundation in best practices in education. They also received The Inclusive Education Award for the entire province of Saskatchewan.

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.

Youth-focused Mental Health Action Report shines light on challenges and ignites movement for solutions
A new report released this week is bringing attention to mental health challenges faced by more than 10,000 youth across the province—and actions at the grassroots level to ignite change.

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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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