Nimi Icinohabi Program

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Overview

This is an evidence-based substance abuse prevention program for Aboriginal children and youth (grades 3-9) reviewed and adapted by the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation to ensure that it incorporated their cultural beliefs, values, language, and visual images. The adapted program was delivered to students at Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation School and changes in student participants’ knowledge, attitudes, refusal skills, and self-beliefs were measured. Benefits and challenges of adapting the program were documented. There were positive individual behaviour and community-level changes brought about by the program. A complementary parent program is now in development. Plans are in place to expand the program to other Aboriginal communities in Alberta.

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