Indigenous Health & Safety for YOUth

Indigenous Health & Safety for YOUth

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Many young Indigenous people in the province of Manitoba injure themselves each year. SAFE Workers of Tomorrow (SWOT) knows this thanks to the stories and experiences that are shared with us throughout the presentations we deliver. For that reason, we feel it is important to develop and deliver programming to the Indigenous youth of the province, to provide them with enough tools to become active players in changing the perspectives of Indigenous youth, and indeed the entire Indigenous community around the importance of occupational health and safety.

The developer of this initiative (Cree from Shamattawa, Manitoba) is the Indigenous Liaison at SWOT and the idea came to him as a result of being exposed to other forms of cultural integration, and noting how much more effective those presentation styles were when presenting to Aboriginal learners. In personal experiences as a youth, he was not exposed to culture, and was not proud of his own heritage. As an adult, learning about the strengths that are inherent within his Indigenous culture have enabled him to do great things. Once this was realized and other, smaller community initiatives became successful, this application and integration of cultural teachings in all aspects of health and safety seemed natural.

Upone experiencing the delivery of Health and Safety presentations to ABoriginal learners, it was apparent that adapting the presentation slightly to include cultural elements increased the level of engagement during presentations. This small observation was looked into more, partners were approached and the initial experiment of developing an Indigenous Health & Safety presentation for youth was initiated.

We know that this approach is effective because of the feedback that we have received from the groups who have received such a presentation. The youth feel proud of their ancestry, and can now articulate and share those helpful cultural elements to their peers, even if they work in a non-Aboriginal environment. Thus far, the stories have encouraged us to try and develop this resource more fully.

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Redhead Champagne

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SAFE Workers of Tomorrow


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What categories best describe who your group or organization serves (check all that apply)

First Nations, Métis and Inuit people, Other.

What best describes your group or organization

Non-profit organization.

How long have you, your group, or your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

Define your idea / project in 1-2 short sentences

Equip and inspire Indigenous youth to take an active role in sharing elements of our culture to improve the health and safety of current & future generations.

Select the stage that best applies to your solution

Start-Up (a project that is just getting started)

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Your Future Goal(s): Tell us what you hope to achieve with your idea or project in the next year

Develop this into a permanent initiative that is established, yet flexible enogh, to meet the needs of MB Aboriginal youth.

In 5 years, what will be different as a result of your idea/project?

There will be a reduction in the number of youth that are injured in the workplace. There will also be a dramatic decline in the number of workplace fatalities. Also, we want young Aboriginal workers to feel confident in their culture, and are able to share elements of it for the betterment of their entire workplaces and communities. We hope that the young leaders that are engaged in this early stage of the project can remain connected to us, and share their successes and challenges.

Tell us about the people/ partnerships that are already involved and why they are important to your idea or project.

MB Federation of Labour - Occupational Health Centre: We are working with their coordinator, previously of Ningwanuk Mesquajese (Wings of Change) a similair, more in depth program for adults. They are sharing their past successes and challenges to help guide this initiative.
Children of the Earth High School: Have agreed to welcome us as the project develops. They hosted the very first experimental Indigenous presentation
RB Russell High School: students from the Graphic Arts vocational class designed the images and concept for Hand out material for the Indigenous presentations
Individuals: Several community elders and Aboriginal workers have offered their experiences and expertise in ensuring the content is relevant, and respectful of community protocol.

If there are other people/partners that you will reach out to tell us who they are and why they will be important to your idea or project.

We will be reaching out into the future to School Divisions and Aboriginal workers and young people to further develop the project. The school divisions will be important because their advocacy will enable us to deliver the presentations in a uniform way across a specific geographic region in Manitoba. The individual Aboriginal workers will be important as their experiences and expertise will guide the details of what the content of the presentation will be. The young Aboriginals will be integral to inform us on HOW to deliver the presentations. Also, volunteer speakers from the specific community will be helpful to increase relevance on a case by case basis.

Describe the kinds of support you receive (other than money) or will need to support your idea or project (e.g.: donated, space, equipment and volunteers)

We will need each group receiving a presentation to host, organize attendees and advertise the events in their own way. We will also be establishing 2 groups to guide the initiative, one that provides expertise from Aboriginal workers, and a second that receives recommendations from the Aboriginal Youth interested in helping design ad guide the initiative. We will also be recruiting individuals that have fluency in Aboriginal languages (Ojibwe, Cree & others) to further increase how messages can be delivered to groups that are not fluent in English. We will also rely heavily on these organizations and groups to refer our presentation to their networks, in a relationship based and personalized manner.

Do you currently have funding for your idea or project?

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