HLN Youth Advisory Committee

Congratulations to the 10 youth from across Canada who were selected and appointed to the Honouring Life Network Youth Advisory Committee (HLN YAC)!

The HLN YAC members are:

1) Danna Joy (Newfoundland)
2) Francine Merasty (Saskatchewan)
3) Catherine Coe (North West Territories)
4) Brandee Albert (Manitoba)
5) Tiffany Bulmer (Northwest Territories)
6) Janine Cunningham (Alberta)
7) Kevin Walker (Prince Edward Island)
8) Alyssa Flaherty-Spence (Ontario)
9) Marital Pinette (Quebec)

The HLN is excited to work with such a great group of youth who are dedicated to raising awareness of suicide prevention initiatives in First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations.

The HLN would also like to thank all of those who applied for the HLN YAC.


Background Information from application process:

Are you concerned about the alarming rates of suicide among First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth in Canada? Are you between the ages of 17 and 30 and have experience with suicide prevention? Do you feel like you have something to contribute to Aboriginal youth suicide prevention? If so, the Honouring Life Network (HLN) wants to hear from you!

A program of the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO), the HLN is actively recruiting First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth between the ages of 17 to 30 to be a part of the HLN Youth Advisory Committee.

The primary purpose of this committee is to contribute your personal or professional experience with suicide and/or suicide prevention towards the ongoing and upcoming initiatives of the HLN. Though suicide is often a difficult subject to discuss, it is an important issue that has affected many First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth across Canada.

Your opinions, thoughts, ideas, and initiatives are important when developing new programs and resources in suicide prevention. Moreover, the HLN believes that you – the youth – are able to provide some of the best guidance and contributions towards suicide prevention for yourself and your peers.


-Must be between the ages of 17-30 as of April 1, 2009.
-Must be a Canadian citizen.
-Preference will be given to those of First Nation, Inuit or Métis decent.
-Submission of an essay that clearly outline your experience with suicide and/or suicide prevention in 200 words or less.
-Must be able and willing to participate in teleconferences, face-to-face meetings and have access to the Internet.

When submitting your essay please provide the following information:

-Your full name.
-Your age.
-Whether you are of First Nations, Inuit or Métis decent.
-Your personal and/or professional experience with suicide and/or suicide prevention.
-Highlight any ideas or contributions you feel would advance the work of the HLN.
-Contact information including phone number, mailing address and email address.

Media Release for Advisory Committee

Appel aux membres du Comité consultatif de jeunes

Communiqué de presse pour le Comité consultatif de jeunes