Photo taken by Pat Kane at the Łútsël Kʼe Hide Tanning Camp, a NWT On The Land Collaborative grant recipient

Supporting Wellbeing

Supporting Wellbeing will be a culturally appropriate, skills-based training program that will enhance the capacity of people leading and supporting land-based programs to manage and respond to mental health challenges.

Land-based programs often include traditional activities such as trapping, fishing and hunting, as well as cultural, healing, or wellness activities including crafts, healing ceremonies, and storytelling. Land-based programs can trigger strong emotional or physical reactions for participants. With this training, on the land leaders will learn the tools they need to safely and effectively respond to situations in which people are experiencing distressing emotions or mental health challenges.

Supporting Wellbeing will be modular, adaptive, made-in-the-North, culturally informed, and trauma-informed. It will support and promote community wellness, while also increasing the effectiveness of on the land leaders to safely and effectively respond to situations in which people are experiencing distressing emotions or mental health challenges.

This is a two-year project being administered by the NWT Recreation and Parks Association, but guided by a steering committee of on the land leaders from Dehcho First Nations, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Dene Nahjo, Hotıì ts’eeda, the Tłı̨chǫ Government and a social worker with Fireweed Counselling. The steering committee is responsible for the overall leadership of Supporting Wellbeing. They will provide guidance to the consultant as they design, develop, and implement the training program.

Funding for this project is from Rio Tinto, Hotıì ts’eeda/Tłı̨chǫ Government, GNWT Education, Culture, and Employment, and Make Way.

Supporting Wellbeing Vision

We envision a training program that provides trauma-informed and culturally-relevant tools for NWT land-based programmers to enhance their capacity to manage and respond to mental health challenges on the land in a good way.

Goals

  • Develop learning materials and resources for on the land programmers in the NWT that build skills in responding to mental distress while on-the-land. The approach and corresponding training will be culturally relevant, trauma-informed, modular, and anti-colonial.
  • Increase the ability of land-based programmers to mitigate risks associated with mental health challenges by providing risk management tools
  • Increase the ability of land-based programmers to manage mental health challenges during programs by providing contextual education and meaningful  tools.
  • Improve emotional literacy, crisis management, self-care, and after-care skills and knowledge of on the land leaders in the NWT.
  • Build capacity by developing a network of Supporting Wellbeing trainers who can deliver this suite of modules in their own regions and communities, thus increasing the overall capacity of communities to manage and respond to mental health challenges.
  • Collaborate with knowledge holders and Elders to create opportunities for land-based leaders and program participants to learn traditional knowledge in regards to wellbeing.

Timeline

Please note: this timeline may be slightly adjusted due to COVID-19.

The project is currently in the Curriculum Development stage within Phase One of this project.


For more information contact Rachel Cluderay, On the Land Programs Consultant at: rcluderay@nwtrpa.org or (867) 669-8392.