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October 31 to November 4, 2016 - Nain, Nunatsiavut


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Nain in Focus is a workshop event for students aged 12-20 at the Jens Haven Memorial School in Nain, Nunatsiavut, from October 31 to November 4, 2016. It is designed as an engaging series of activities that are both casual and educational to capture youth attention, aiming to spark community activism. Nain in Focus will aim to tackle mental health and suicide issues from the roots through the youth and Indigenous perspective native to the region.

The week would start with a kickoff event for all community members to learn about the the project and its desired outcomes. It will help lay the groundwork for the rest of the week, in which the NIF team will visit classes to lead half day sessions. Each session will increase students’ awareness of their own state of mental health, educate about mental illness, and promote available resources to help those who may be struggling. Students will also have a chance to interact with community members and learn about trigger factors (like historical traumas, loss of language and culture, sense of hopelessness, etc.) that can contribute to high rates of suicide, and take steps towards decreasing the stigma that prevents youth from seeking life-saving treatment.

In addition to the mental health education, the participants will engage in activities primarily relating to digital media and team sports. This time will be used to provide students with strategies for stress-relief and self-expression. These activities boost self-esteem, and create a team environment so youth can support each other and promote wellness in the community long after the workshop is over. These tools and resources we provide will also provide them with a vocal outlet both on an internal and external level, allowing them to educate people about the mental health conditions faced in the Northern regions on broader platforms.


For more information on the Nain in Focus workshop, please click here to download our full activity report.


Forevermore, NIF strives to create long lasting relations with the youth we seek to work with. Thus we would like to thank everyone who was able to help out with the program, including the following individuals and those in the Nunatsiavut Government.



Ocean is the Youth Program Outreach Coordinator for Nain under the Department of Health and Social Development. She has a beautiful 1 year old daughter and enjoys the outdoors, hunting, travelling, reading, fitness and drinking coffee


Loving to spend time out on the land with family and friends, Megan enjoys reading and I has a major sweet tooth! She is looking forward to working with the whole team this year.


Jonathan's favourite hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, jogging, mountain biking, and travelling. He is glad to contribute to this project because of the very real issues he sees in the north.