9-12 year olds
The Makimautiksat Program is an evidence-based community- and land-based program developed for 9-12 year olds. The program is designed to expand on the known protective factors for youth in the prevention of suicide and the promotion of wellness. Since the program began in 2013, not one participant who attended the entire program has died by suicide.
It was developed, piloted, and evaluated from 2010-2015. The Makimautiksat Program is based on an evidence-based model for supporting Inuit adolescent mental health, which was developed by the Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre and published in the International Journal for Indigenous Health.
The Makimautiksat Youth Camp program is delivered by facilitator pairs over 2 weeks, including a minimum mandatory land component of 2 nights. Instead of a 2 week camp implementation, if the timelines don’t work out, we recommend delivering the Makimautiksat program as an after school drop-in program over the fall and winter months, ending with a land camp in the spring. This model has also shown some success, although we are still evaluating it.
The Makimautiksat program is delivered by facilitator pairs that must be trained by Qaujigiartiit. We recommend that a minimum of 5-10 community workers (or a community worker and an identified support worker or colleague or elder) and or high school students per community be invited to participate in the training. We also provide training to high school students who are working with community.
- The training is 4 full days.
- The training is designed to be delivered to community members who work with youth on a regular basis.
- Makimautiksat training is ideally delivered in groups of 10 participants. This group size has been ideal for working on trouble-shooting and developing community-specific plans for implementing the camp program.
- Instead of a 2 week camp implementation, if the timelines don’t work out, we would recommend delivering the Makimautiksat program as an after school drop-in program over the fall and winter months, ending with a land camp in the spring.
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