Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council, Manitoba
Year(s) Funded: 2017-2018
Topic Area: Mental Health
Title: Gaa-Nitaawigitooying Ginawind (From the Earth / Ojibway) / Makatakiya Icaghe Do (Born from the Earth / Dakota)
Action: The work that Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council (DOTC) proposed was to increase the mental health resiliency of the youth strategies on how to deal with a climate change event, to support their families, to understand the importance of being connected to the land, and to know the traditional teachings of their nations.
They engaged with over 800 students and hosted the event with Canadian Red Cross, H20 Create (University of Manitoba), Knowledge-Keepers Peter Atikinson (Ojibway) and Keith Pashe (Dakota). The focus was to provide DOTC youth with the tools to cope with a climate change event, mental health impacts during a climate change event, an overview of climate change and First Nations communities, and Anishinaabe and Dakota Teachings.
Results: After hosting the six Elder-led Youth Clubs in the DOTC communities over 200 youth were able to address climate change and health impacts caused by climate-related emergencies. These Elder-led Youth Clubs resulted in the creation of 200 individual family resiliency plans, this increases leadership skills in youth within the community to address mental health impacts when signs are shown after climate related event.
Outputs: The outcome of the project will have positive impacts on increasing mental health, increased resiliency, and leadership and capacity development with a targeted 200 DOTC youth. The outcome was to increase the capacity of DOTC youth to support themselves, their families, and communities in the event of a climate change event.
This built upon the first Tipi Teachings which provided mental health strategies of the DOTC youth to deal with a climate change event, and built upon the understanding of the importance of being connected to the land, and to know the traditional teachings of their nations.