Reclaiming Our Ancestral Footsteps

Categories

Categories associated with best practice:

  • Community
  • Health Equity
  • Individual
  • wtt_ico
  • Illegal Drugs Icon 3
  • Teens (ages 13-18) icon
  • Alcohol Abuse Icon 1
  • Canada
  • Culture
  • Education and literacy
  • English
  • Income and social status
  • Mental Health Icon 2
  • Personal health practices and coping skills
  • Secondary School Icon 1
  • Social environments

Determinants of Health: Language and culture, Income and social status (including gap between rich and poor), Personal health practices and coping skills, Education, literacy and life-long learning, Social environments

Overview

A mental health promotion project for Mi’kmaq and Maliseet youth in Elsipogtog (Big Cove) First Nation in New Brunswick. It is a NAYSPS project that consists of culture camps for youth 16-18 to learn their culture, language and traditions from Elders and other resource people, and also personal wellness and healing strategies. The camp has been very successful and was adapted into a community-run event after Big Cove lost NAYSPS funding

Primary Source Document

Han Martin Associates, Reclaiming Our Ancestral Footsteps Final Evaluation Report Internal Report

Contact information of developer(s) and/or implementer(s)

Joint Steering Committee of Project Coordinators, Volunteers, Elders

Intervention Focus

Intervention Goal / ObjectiveLevel(s) TargetedEquity Focus
To promote healthy mental health strategies among Wabanaki youth though a strong foundation in Wabanaki culture and values.
  • Individual level
People living in conditions of disadvantage are explicitly stated to be a target population of the intervention.

Health Issue(s) that is/are addressed by the Intervention

Health Promotion

  • Mental Health

Risk Reduction

  • Prevent/reduce alcohol use/abuse
  • Prevent/reduce illegal drug use/abuse

Specific Activities of the Intervention

  • Information sessions offered about a risk factor or condition
  • Community event/forum
  • Other training session

Priority/Target Population for Intervention Delivery

Life Stage

  • Youth (age 13-18 years)

Settings

Educational Settings

  • Secondary/Middle school

Community Setting

  • Child and youth camp

Outcomes

Outcomes and Impact Chart
Level of ImpactDescription of OutcomeEquity Focus
Individual LevelIncreased decision-making abilities.Outcomes are reported for people living in conditions of disadvantage, and are not compared to people living in more advantaged conditions.
Individual LevelIncreased self-esteem and self-mastery.Outcomes are reported for people living in conditions of disadvantage, and are not compared to people living in more advantaged conditions.
Individual LevelIncreased knowledge of culture and connections to Elders.Outcomes are reported for people living in conditions of disadvantage, and are not compared to people living in more advantaged conditions.

Adaptability

Implementation History

  • Implemented once (could be a pilot) - The intervention has been implemented once and is theoretically replicable elsewhere.

Expertise Required for Implementation within the Context of the Intervention

  • No specialized skills required - The Intervention was designed for use/implementation by individuals or groups without highly specialized training. It can be implemented by volunteers, program staff, themselves, etc.

Are there supports available for implementation

No.

Are there resources and/or products associated with the interventions

No.