The Life Promotion Project is a 3 year pilot project that is being funded by the National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy (NAYSPS), Health Canada to 2015. A collaboration between the Union of Ontario Indians (UOI), the Association of Iroquois & Allied Indians (AIAI), the Chiefs of Ontario/Ontario First Nations Young People’s Council and NAN, the project is being administered by NAN and targets 96 First Nation communities.
Since January 2013 over 80 community support workers, representing 53 First Nations communities (including 24 NAN communities), have been trained to be safeTALK© facilitators and are now working to deliver safeTALK workshops in their respective communities.
Throughout July and August 2013 approximately 90 First Nations youth attended safeTALK workshops and Photovoice training in sessions in Sudbury, Thunder Bay and London. With safeTALK training these youth are now prepared to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources.
Using digital cameras that were given to them, the youth also acquired new photography skills through Photovoice training. The goal is to have the youth complete a collective Photovoice project for exhibition with the theme of Life Promotion and hope for the future. More youth safeTALK workshops and Photovoice training sessions will be planned over the course of the next year, and the final Photovoice project will be unveiled in 2015 via public exhibit(s) and online outlets.
A promotional campaign is also being developed for the Life Promotion Project. We are pleased to present 2 public service announcements (PSAs) which highlight the reasons for choosing to continue on our life path.