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Welcome to the HLN Blog! Here you will find postings about news items, positive youth programming across the country and beyond, job postings, resources, websites, scholarships/awards, research funding and other things that we think might be relevant to youth or youth workers visiting our site. If you’re looking for something specific, check out the tags at the end of each post and on the right-hand menu. The HLN blog should be interactive, so please feel free to leave a comment about any of the postings, or to email us if you have an idea for an HLN blog posting.

Call for First Nations Youth Ambassadors for the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child

The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada (www.fncaringsociety.com) invites First Natons young people (ages 15-24) to apply for an opportunity to go to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child meeting in Geneva Switzerland!

What is this committee?
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child is the international group responsible for making sure countries, like Canada, keep the promises they make to all children and youth according to the document they signed called the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC).

For 5 days in February 2012

Geneva, Switzerland!!!


    To apply you must:

  • Be between 15 and 24 years old
  • Have a passport in time to travel
  • Be able to travel to Switzerland for 5 days in February 2012
  • Have you guardian's permission if you are under 18 years old, and have someone over 18 travel with you
  • Agree to document your visit on video, recording or in writing so you can share your experience with other people!
  • How do I apply?
    Click here for more information and to see the application form.
    Your application must be submitted by 4:30 pm Eastern Standard Time (Ontario time) on Tuesday November 1st, 2011.

    You can send your application via email or regular mail to:

    First Nations Youth Ambassador Contest
    First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada
    251 Bank Street, Suite 302
    Ottawa, ON
    K2P 1X3



    International Aboriginal Youth Internships


    Join the Spirit of Change!

    Are you a First Nations, Métis or Inuit youth between 18 and 35 who is interested in gaining valuable international employment skills and experience?
    If so, you should apply for the International Aboriginal Youth Internship Program.

    The program gives Aboriginal youth an opportunity for a six month internship. The first and last months are spent at Canadian hosting organizations with the middle four months spent at a hosting partner organization in Peru, Chile or Bhutan!

    The Atlantic Council for International Cooperation has been selected to deliver the first round of internships.

    If you are an Aboriginal Youth between 18 and 35, with a high school diploma or GED equivalent you are invited to apply to internship opportunities hosted with ACIC member organizations in Atlantic Canada and Southern partners in Peru, Chile and Bhutan.

    Funding is provided for travel, a modest living allowance, insurance, visas, vaccinations and language training where necessary.

    For more information on the International Aboriginal Youth Internship program in general, visit: http://www.cida.gc.ca/iayi

    If you are interested in applying for the Atlantic Canada internships, click here for more information, or contact Carolyn Whiteway at projects@acic-caci.org or call 902-431-2311.


    World Suicide Prevention Day 2011

    Every year on September 10th people around the world raise awareness about the fact that suicide can be prevented.

    In honour of World Suicide Prevention Day 2011, we are releasing our new documentary "Support" which is about the amazing youth hip hop program in the Baffin Island community of Clyde River. Click here to CHECK IT OUT!!

    According to the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) an estimated 1 million people die each year by suicide. Preventing suicide in multicultural societies is the theme for World Suicide Prevention Day 2011 - a theme that is especially relevant to Canadians. Suicide rates in many of Canada's First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities are unacceptably high, especially rates of youth suicide. IASP points out that it can be easy to use cultural difference to explain differences in suicide rates, but in reality high suicide rates are linked to factors such as unemployment, poverty, oppression, marginalization and racism.

    The Facts

    • Suicide and self-injury are the leading causes of death for First Nations people between the ages of 10-44 .
    • For First Nations males 15 to 24 years old, the suicide rate is 126 per 100 000 compared to 24 per 100, 000 for the same age group among the general population.
    • For First Nations women between 15 to 24 years old, the suicide rate is 25 per 100 000 compared to only 5 per 100 000 for non-Aboriginal women.
    • Inuit suicide rates are 11 times the national average, and 83 per cent of these people are under the age of 30 (ibid).
    • There are currently no Métis-specific statistics on youth suicide.
    • Statistics show that 60 per cent of all Aboriginal people who attempt and succeed in committing suicide are acutely intoxicated (drunk) at the time, compared to 24 per cent of all non-Aboriginal cases (ibid).
    • Youth suicide has tripled in Canada over the past 40 years .
    • Suicide is among the leading causes of death in 15 to 24 year-old Canadians, second only to accidents; 4,000 people each year die by suicide in Canada (ibid).
    • Not all Aboriginal communities experience youth suicide. British Columbia researchers report that 90 per cent of the suicides take place in just 10 per cent of B.C. communities

    What are some of the issues that contribute to suicide?

    Suicide isn't usually caused by a single issue or event. It is usually the result of many combined issues that a person or community faces. Some risks factors that have been linked to suicide include:

    • Low self-esteem.
    • Depression.
    • Substance abuse.
    • Other known suicides in someone's peer group, family or community.
    • Feeling disconnected from family, peers, school and the community.
    • Unresolved grief or trauma, as a person or in a community.
    • A history of emotional, sexual or physical abuse.
    • Poverty.

    Although these factors have been linked to suicide, they don't necessarily mean that people who have some or all of these traits will become suicidal.

    How can I tell if someone is thinking about suicide?

    There are danger signals that may appear in someone who is thinking about suicide. These signals include:

    • Past suicide attempts.
    • Saying things like, "I wish that I were dead" or "Life is hopeless."
    • Depression.
    • Changes in behaviour like giving away personal possessions or changes in spending habits.
    • Drastic changes in sleep patterns like either over-sleeping or not sleeping.
    • Changes in eating patterns like either overeating or having no appetite.

    What can Aboriginal communities do to deal with the issue of suicide?

    Aboriginal communities can do many things to help reduce the risk of suicide. They can:

    • Develop school activities that focus on self-esteem and mental well-being.
    • Hold community-wide cultural activities and healing ceremonies.
    • Make sure that professionals such as community workers, doctors and teachers in the community are trained in suicide prevention.
    • Offer substance abuse programs.
    • Offer treatment and counselling services as well as peer support and mentoring programs.
    • Monitor suicidal individuals.

    Suicide can be prevented. The key is to open up and talk about it, not just on September 10th, but throughout the year.

    The HLN website has lots of different resources that can help you, your family or your community talk about suicide:

    If you or a friend are in crisis and need help right now please call one of these numbers for immediate assistance:

    • Nation Wide: Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 (24hrs)
    • Ontario Crisis Intervention Centre: 1-888-757-7766 (24hrs)
    • Manitoba Suicide Line: 1-877-435-7170 (24hrs)
    • Province Wide BC Crisis Line: 1-800-784-2433 (24hrs)
    • Alberta Mental Health Board Help Line: 1-877-303-2642
    • New Brunswick Help Crisis Line: 1(506)859-HELP (4357) (24hrs)
    • Newfoundland Mental Health Crisis Centre Health and Community Services: 1-888-737-4668 (24hrs)
    • Nain Help Line: 1(709)922-2277
    • Prince Edward Island Help Line: 1-800-218-2885 (24hrs)
    • Saskatchewan North East Crisis Intervention Centre: 1-800-611-6349 (24hrs)
    • Nova Scotia Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team: 1-888-429-8167 (24hrs)
    • Yukon:Kaushee's Place Crisis Line: 1-867-668-5733 (24hrs)
    • NWT/Nunavut: Helpline Western Arctic: 1-800-661-0844 (7pm-11pm)

    For a list of more helplines available nationwide visit The Centre for Suicide Prevention

    Dialogue for Life 2011

    Gathering of Generations
    Honouring Life

    The First Nations and Inuit Suicide Prevention Association of Quebec and Labrador is hosting their annual conference November 30th to December 2nd 2011 at the Sheraton Hotel in Montreal, Quebec.

    The pre-conference will take place November 27th-29th, 2011 at the same location.

    Click here to see the 2011 conference poster.
    To view programs, speaker bios and activities from previous conferences visit www.dialogue-for-life.com

    For more information on the 2011 conference call (514)933-6066 or visit www.dialogue-for-life.com


    Move Your World

    6th annual global issues youth symposium

    Symposium for youth to learn and discuss about local and global issues contributing to the emergency on planet earth.

    The symposium takes place in Camp Mockingee, Upper Vaughan, Hants County Nova Scotia from October 20th to the 23rd, 2011.

    This is an excellent opportunity to meet and interact with other youth, to learn about local and global issues contributing to the emergency on planet earth, such as peace and conflict, natural disasters, climate change and poverty and food security. It is also an opportunity to develop skills and methods of activism on issues that matter to you, and to share in an authentic global-learning experience.

    If you are an Atlantic Canadian Youth between 15 and 18 years old and are interested in attending this symposium, contact the Atlantic Council for International Cooperate (ACIC) at:
    Phone: (902)431-2311
    Email: myw@acic-caci.org
    Website: www.acic-caci.org

    Applications are due September 23rd 2011 by 5pm.

    Registration is FREE and there are also transportation and travel bursaries available

    Click here to view the symposium poster for more information or visit http://www.acic-caci.org/proj_myw11.html