We are pleased to announce that our project, Pathways to Mental Wellness for Indigenous Boys and Men: Community-led and land-based programs in the Canadian North has been awarded funding from the Movember Foundation’s Canadian Mental Health Initiative. This grant will provide $3 million over three years to a team of circumpolar health stakeholders that includes Indigenous organizations, health system partners, and researchers from Canada, Finland, Greenland, Norway, and Sweden. This funding will support Inuit and First Nations community organizations in northern Canada to develop, adapt, deliver, and evaluate land-based mental health programs. This project is being co-led by Gwen Healey at the Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre in Iqaluit, Nunavut, and Dr. Michael Jong from Labrador Grenfell Regional Health Authority and Memorial University.
In Nunavut, 4 key projects will be part of the initiative:
- Young Harvester’s Program at the Arviat Community Wellness Centre in Arviat, NU
- Qimmivut and Fathers & Sons on the Land programs at the Ilisaqsivik Society in Clyde River, NU
- Makimautiksat Youth Camp at the Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre in Iqaluit, NU
- Justice-related program aimed at improving the mental health of young Inuit men and youth through a land-based wellness initiative at the Tukisigiarvik Society in Iqaluit, NU