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Wasa-Nabin 

Urban Aboriginal Youth

AGES: 13-18

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Program Components

A safe and culturally appropriate environment for Indigenous youth which:

  • Facilitate the assessment of required services and identifies areas of difficulty experienced by youth 13-18

  • Supports for youth to discuss issues that are creating barriers for their success and ability to make sound choices

  • Facilitates support circles and peer counselling opportunities

  • Increase access to healthy and safe activities for Indigenous youth. 

Youth in Care

We provide activities that will have a positive impact on the youth's family, whether the family is biological or foster. 

The Project will: 

  • Including a focus and outreach component for youth in care that may not have access to their culture

  • Increase support and culturally appropriate services to non-Indigenous adoptive and foster parents of Indigenous youth

  • Develop and implement protocol arrangements to better support culturally appropriate interventions

  • Work with parents to facilitate access to culturally appropriate services

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Education

Our youth program will provide intervention or alternatives to such instituinal involement through:

  • The provisions of school attendance and home-work support, and school suspension supports. 

  • The development of activities which encourage changes of behaviours toward their peers and authorities. 

Institutional Intervention

This component of the program will address issues through:

  • Collaboration with Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin (I Am A Kind Man)

  • Involvement of elders

  • Appropriate and healthy problem-solving and decision-making workshops (self-esteem, positive self identity and healthy relationships)

Healthy Eating & Physical Development 

Recent studies have shown that obesity in children can be a reult of improper nutrition, stress and lack of physical activity. All these issues are caused by poverty. 

The Wasa-Nabin Program will address this by:

  • Providing opportunities to make nutritious meals and snacks as an integrated component of the program

  • Education and awareness to enable program participants to make informed nutritional choices

  • Provide safe and healthy opportunities by which youth can enjoy non-threatening/non-competitive physical activities

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