Community Projects – Jan. 2000 – Present
Ongoing request for proposals: Focus – community wellness and community involvement through social/recreational oppportunities. Many communities have successfully participated in special events or community development initiatives that have included staff training, sharing circles, poster contests, hosting radio shows, wellness gatherings, children’s activities, school projects, cultural programs, youth conferences and elders socials.
Wawatay Radio Call in Shows
Kitche Meegwetch to all of the listeners who call in to the shows; to all the panel guests including community staff, elders and guests and to the various Wawatay and community translators. Keep on calling... your voice does make a difference!
Wawatay Newspaper Articles
Meegwetch to those individuals who have shared their personal stories with us. Through the many Addictions Awareness Week articles, your times of sadness and struggles, your times of happiness and health, have made the difference! Thank you to all the community staff that have sent in their community success stories and pictures supporting our program and your projects. Congratulations!
Addiction/Mental Health Resource Kits
Addiction Resource Kits are developed and distributed to communities each year. The kits include numerous prevention, intervention and treatment resources including videos, manuals and directories.
Piitaapun Healing Arts Project
The program hosted the Piitaapun Healing Arts Contest in 2008 under the theme ‘Nature and New Beginnings’. The contest was open to all NAN community members and was so well received that an Art Exhibit was displayed at the NAN Keewaywin Chiefs Assembly. This project captured national attention in the media and was featured in a number of web-based articles where it was praised for promoting a creative healing and wellness initiative.
This contest encouraged community participation in non-gambling activities, to celebrate creativity and for the giving and receiving of inspiration. 79 works of art were entered and the top three winning art selections were converted into signed and numbered limited edition Giclee prints. These winning pieces of artwork represent hope and will be given to families and communities that are struggling through difficult times.
Each artist who participated in the Healing Arts Project was presented with a handmade craft and acknowledgement signed by NAN Grand Chief Stan Beardy as a gesture of gratitude and appreciation for their time and talent. A Constance Lake First Nation youth was also awarded and completed a one week Career Awareness Internship with our program for her volunteer work on the Keewaywin Art Display.
National Addictions Awareness Week - Regional Poster Campaign
Wunnumin Lake students sent in their 2010 winning posters which were displayed through the NAN, Thunder Bay office. The posters were so well received that the winning posters were made into a regional poster campaign and sent out to all communities and Tribal Councils. WOW!
Other Program Projects
James Bay Coastal Planning Project
2007 NAN Gambling Awareness Survey
Grade 1 – 12 Gambling Addiction Curriculum Development
Community Special Requests
Each year the program works with approximately 35 special projects a year. Requests can include health promotion and prevention initiatives including special events, program development and evaluation, staff development and training, classroom and school projects and community development initiatives.