Resilience as a Path to Healthy School Communities: Lessons Learned from Indigenous Youth

At this annual full-day workshop, students and educators learn from youth mentors, Elders, community members and researchers, highlighting tools, successes and lessons learned from resilience-promoting work across the province.

In 2017, over 400 participants from 33 school communities attended the 2nd Annual Resiliency Workshop. Youth, Elders, teachers, community members and researchers shared stories of resiliency focused on the theme “To Be Wisely Aware”. The Masters of Ceremony were three grade 11 students from Tsuu T’ina Nation. Keynote sessions included a musical Bell Let’s Talk performance by Great Big Sea’s Sean McCann, inspiration from Kainai educator and coach Andrea Fox, Dr. Sean Lessard’s stories and three young First Nations mentors including World Indigenous Games gold medallist Rilee Many Bears. Delegates were able to choose between eight concurrent sessions and, upon reflection, created an action plan to bring back to their schools.

The next event will be held in January 2018.