Health and Wellness
Although Canada boasts one of the highest qualities of life in the world, this is not the reality for Indigenous peoples, particularly those living on reserve. Nearly 50% of Indigenous children in Canada live in poverty, and Indigenous peoples are twice as likely to die from avoidable causes than the average Canadian. The underlying issues for the health crises facing Indigenous communities are well documented: unsafe drinking water; lack of adequate housing and affordable food supplies; lack of adequate health care and emergency services; lower income levels and lack of access to education and economic opportunity. Mental health is a key concern, including high levels of anxiety and depression, addiction, abuse, and suicide.
Although the challenges can seem overwhelming, this unit will underscore the urgent need for action, and introduce some amazing people and organizations that are shaping a path forward.
In the sections below we have provided additional resources to support our live event and to further understanding of the path to meaningful Reconciliation. If you would like to continue discussing the themes for this unit, we invite you to join our Facebook group – A safe space where you can ask questions, share information and seek support.
Reconciliation Ambassadors are a group of dedicated young people who have been selected to act as hosts, mediators, videographers and social-media managers for Reconciliation Conversations.
Youth challenges help youth participants use the knowledge they have gained through the live event to become ambassadors for reconciliation in their communities. By gaining a better understanding of Reconciliation, they can move towards reconciliACTION.
Step 1) Download the graphic, and check off the items you have completed today for your wellbeing.
If you can’t do them all today, there is always tomorrow!
Step 2) Share it on your personal account and make sure to tag Experiences Canada!
** For centuries Aboriginal people have used the four directions of the medicine wheel as a tool for learning and teaching. Many people have different interpretations of their medicine wheel and they are all right. No one is wrong. This is one interpretation we used to incorporate teachings into self-care.
A series of lessons and activities for your class or group to develop strategies and ideas to further Reconciliation in your community
Continue the Conversation
Join us next week for the next installment in our Reconciliation Conversations series:
Monday June 15 – 1pm EST – Environment and Relationship to the Land:
Large scale industrial projects such as the construction of pipelines, forestry, and water waste management have often led to conflicts with Indigenous communities concerned over the potential long-term degradation to the natural resources and their traditional ways of life.
This unit will explore this important relationship, Indigenous concepts of sustainability, and how industry and Indigenous communities can better work together on mutually beneficial economic projects.