Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) is excited to announce Toot Li Korr Balaansi (Whole Body Balance) – Virtual Youth Mental Health Forum to help promote mental health and well-being in the Métis youth community. This forum brings together the Ministries of Youth, Mental Health and Additions, Environmental Protection and Employment and Skills Training in a collaborative effort to support youth in balancing their mental health.
MNBC’s Ministry of Youth (MOY) identified the need for Métis-specific mental health improvement opportunities through community consultation, which included surveys, dialogue sessions and meetings with the Métis Health and Wellness Initiative. The MOY hopes to begin fulfilling this need by providing a space for Métis youth to connect around mental health in a way that is grounded in Métis tradition at the Youth Mental Health Forum.
The forum will take place over three evenings, from July 13 to July 15, 2021, from 6pm PST to 8pm PST. Each session will be broadcast over Zoom. Registered participants are expected to participate in all three sessions. The program is open to all Métis youth between the ages of 15 and 30.
Sessions will feature knowledge sharing from Elders, Knowledge Carriers and like-minded youth. The forum will give youth in attendance the opportunity to:
- learn about traditional medicines for mental health;
- connect with a Métis Elder and Knowledge Carriers;
- receive nasal naloxone training;
- learn about Métis Youth BC Committee’s Health sub-committee; and
- learn how to hunt and harvest to improve mental health.
This program was developed, in part, to address the ongoing increased stress on mental health by the COVID-19 pandemic and other recent news impacting the Indigenous communities in Canada. Funding for the program has been provided by multiple funding streams from all ministries involved.
“The mental health forum will be three days of connecting Métis youth with each other, health resources and culture. Health is the relationships between physical, mental and spiritual well-being,” said Dr. Kate Elliott, Minister of Mental Health, Women and Gender Equity and Métis Women’s Council BC Chairperson.
“This joint project is very important given the strain on mental health everyone has experienced in the last year and a half. The mental health of our Métis youth is intrinsically linked to the safe and healthy environment surrounding them, which is why the Ministry of Environmental Protection is honoured to be a part of this initiative,” said Susie Hooper, MNBC Minister of Environmental Protection.
To register for the forum click HERE.