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A Two-Eyed Seeing Approach: Showcasing Innovative Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Programming for Inuit, First Nations, and Métis youth in Canada

October 12 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

At Frayme, we deeply value the voices of survivors and aim to ensure meaningful decolonization among youth mental health and substance use organizations. For this reason, we have set out to amplify the stories of organizations working to decolonize services by embracing Two-Eyed Seeing and launching the Great Big Stories (GBS): Two-Eyed Seeing Grant Program. Two-Eyed Seeing is an approach of inquiry and solutions in which people come together to view the world through an Indigenous lens with one eye (perspective), while the other eye sees through a Western lens.

In this showcase, Frayme will be joined by the recipient organizations to share out and highlight these innovative programs that are supporting Inuit, First Nations, and Métis-led youth across Canada. You will hear from the following organizations and projects:

● Lii Michif Otipemisiwak – Life Promotion Protocol: The life promotion protocol is a community-driven, collaboratively created, connection-oriented, strength-based, and culturally grounded response to suicide prevention.
● Gwekwaadziwin Miikan – Gwekwaadziwin Miikan, Youth Mental Health & Addiction Program: A 3-phase program offering land-based treatment, live-in aftercare, and community aftercare programs for young adults 19+; it weaves traditional culture with therapeutic best practices and outdoor experiential learning.
● Home Base Yellowknife – Kitchen Talk/Table Talk: Kitchen Talk /Table Talk is a program where Indigenous youth in our programs come to learn or showcase cooking skills whilst indulging in conversations about mental health and wellbeing.
● Safewater Studios – Community Wellness Project: Safe Water Studios is a grassroots organization created by Indigenous youth and for Indigenous youth. This project will engage Indigenous youth on the subject of mental health through building a safe online community for creative expression.