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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.
Being a teenager can be rough - relationships, hormones, parties, school - there are lots of things to feel stressed or even depressed about. But how do we know if a friend or family member is severely depressed and maybe even thinking about suicide? James Thomas thought his sister's depression was just a result of normal teenage stuff, but she committed suicide a year after highschool. For the last 8 months James has been working with Annmarie Nicholson from the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group to help other people recognize suicide risk and learn how to talk about it. This article from the Brockville Recorder & Times tells James' sister's story and what he has been doing to try and prevent other people from losing their loved ones.
The signs of suicide: It's time to talk, now
By Megan Burke , STAFF WRITER
The Brockville Recorder & Times
"Back in 2005, my family was devastated by the death of my younger sister. She was 18."
Read complete article here
Partnering with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection and the Royal Canadian Police Force (RCMP), the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is starting an outreach program to let First Nations citizens know what resources are available not only for when children go missing but also how to prevent their getting lost in the first place.
The measure was announced on February 21 on the first day of the AFN’s National Justice Forum.
“We are announcing a joint effort to help ensure that all First Nations and aboriginal communities in Canada know where to turn when a child is missing,” said Christy Dzikowicz, director of MissingKids.ca, in a statement. “We are living in a more complex world, and our children are facing new risks. In addition to providing step-by-step guides and tools, MissingKids.ca’s specially trained staff is always there to support families in their search to find their missing child.”
The Canadian government is supporting the initiative through its Department of Justice Victims Fund. The program enables the Canadian Centre for Child Protection to reach out to First Nations and Aboriginal people via several avenues.
Source: Indian Country
The National Indigenous Economic Education Foundation (NIEEF) provides scholarships, training and research funding for students involved in Aboriginal community economic development.
NIEEF is the charitable organization of the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO). The NIEEF Aboriginal Scholarships will be awarded to two successful applicants at CANDO’s 18th Annual National Conference & AGM. Deadline to apply is July 29, 2011 (must be post marked). Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.
Selection will be based on passing Grade 12 marks or post secondary GPA (Grade Point Average). To qualify for this scholarship, you:
Mail completed scholarship application to:
Haliburton School of The Arts (Fleming College), Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre, and the Aboriginal Research Institute are pleased to announce the upcoming collaborative program in Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship.
The Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program centres on developing young Aboriginal entrepreneurs in the arts, crafts and music sectors. It also focuses on developing or expanding a micro-enterprise, and enhancing participants' understandings of the arts, crafts and music businesses and supply chain elements.
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Vancouver Island Conference Centre will host 1,200 delegates for the B.C. Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres' Gathering Our Voices Aboriginal Youth conference
The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres & Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre are proud to host: Gathering Our Voices 2012 from March 20-23, 2012. The 10th Annual Aboriginal Youth Conference will be held in Nanaimo, British Columbia on the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw peoples at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre, The Coast Bastion Hotel and The Port Theatre. This year’s theme is “A Generation on the Move”.
Aboriginal Youth aged 14-24 are invited to take part in a dynamic conference that will focus on many important issues including Health, Language, Culture, the Environment, Employment, Education, Sports and Recreation. Many workshops, cultural activities, an interactive Career and Education fair, evening entertainment and afternoon sport and recreation activities will be offered.
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