Evidence Review in Support of the Nunavut Suicide Prevention Strategy

This report explores five areas of inquiry, arising from the 2011 Nunavut Suicide Prevention Action Plan. For each section (and sub-sections where appropriate), it poses a plain language question related to the issue at hand, identifes a few assumptions/clarifications/definitions, presents the most relevant evidence from the published and grey literature and summarize those findings, presents a summary of what key informants shared with us on the topic, and provides brief conclusions and/or implications.
References are provided at the end of each section.
The report uses an extensive literature search and interviews with key informants.

Sport Gave Me Something to Wake up For... Aboriginal Adults with Disabilities Speak about Sport

This exploratory and descriptive study by Melanie Elliott describes the experiences of disability from the perspective of Aboriginal adults and the meaning they give to the importance of sport in their communities. The experiences of 3 Aboriginal adults with physical disabilities were captured in one-on-one interviews, artifact collection, and field notes. The co-participants were provided the opportunity for collaboration at each research stage, from clarifying the purpose to finalizing and interpreting the emerging themes, in an effort to demonstrate sensitivity and respect for their Aboriginal culture, beliefs, and community.

The thematic analysis and interpretation of the findings facilitated by the co-participants revealed 4 themes: (a) we have to get out first, (b) not being a priority, (c) pride through accomplishments, and (d) the gift to grab others. The co-participants reflected the need to educate and build awareness of sport opportunities for other Aboriginal people with disabilities. The co-participants also expressed the need to encourage and support people with disabilities to get out of their homes and become active, visible members of society.

Mental Health Promotion in Schools

Healthy Schools is rooted in comprehensive school health (CSH) which is an internationally recognized framework for supporting improvements in students’ educational outcomes, while addressing school health in a planned, integrated and holistic way. CSH helps educators, health practitioners, school staff, students, and others work together to create an environment that makes their school the best place possible to learn, work, and play.

CSH is not limited to the classroom – it addresses the whole school environment with actions in four interrelated pillars that provide a strong foundation for healthy schools:

  • social and physical environment
  • teaching and learning
  • partnerships and services
  • healthy school policy

Move your body. Move your mood.

Article Summary: Physical activity is an essential part of the development of healthy youth and supports the maintenance of psychological wellbeing. This article shares the findings and recommendations from the Alberta-based Move Your Mood physical activity program for youth seeking mental health support.

Level Up: Promoting positive mental health and overall well-being with children and youth

Level Up is a free online resource that supports educators and program leaders in promoting positive mental health and overall well-being with children and youth ages 6-18.

By using a proactive approach to create a supportive environment, Level Up addresses healthy living through a variety of sensitive topics related to substance use, and healthy eating.

Level Up includes easy-to-use activity cards that are linked to the Health and Physical Education (H&PE) curriculum Living Skills expectations. The resource also includes videos and posters to encourage student engagement and discussion.  

The resource is available in English and French. 

Level Up is managed by Ophea and funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care through the Healthy Communities Fund.

Amplify Toolkit: Designing Spaces and Programs for Girls

The Amplify Toolkit is a compilation of over 15 years of Girls Action’s expertise in delivering and supporting girls’ programs, as well as the endless knowledge and insights collected from our National Network Members. The result is innovative best practices, tips and activities for anyone wanting to start or strengthen a girls program.

The Toolkit is comprised of a “how-to” Manual and a Workshop Guide. In the Manual you will find a comprehensive look at how to organize and facilitate girls’ programs. The Workshop Guide is a collection of over 50 activities from girls’ programmers across the country.

Girls Action Foundation is a national charitable organization that reaches over 60,000 girls and young women, including remote, marginalized and urban communities, including those in the North.

Women in Sport: Fuelling a Lifetime of Participation: Report

In this report, researchers situate the status and challenges of Canadian girls and women’s participation and leadership in sport, and identify actions to fuel lifelong participation. This collaborative report led by Canada’s dairy farmers, the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS), and a sport leader advisory group is part of a commitment to research about the state of female sport participation in Canada.

“There have been improvements in terms of engagement and participation of girls and women in sport, but as the report suggests, there is still gender inequity for Canadian women in sport,” CAAWS Executive Director Karin Lofstrom stated. “The report provides statistics and findings on the inequity and provides recommendations for future action.

In Their Shoes: What Girls Think About Physical Activity

Provides insights on what it’s like to be in girls’ shoes. If we know more about how they think and feel about being active, we can make sure we’re doing as much as possible to make physical activity fun and easy for them.

Get Girls Active: Bulletins

This five-part series deals with different aspects of encouraging girls to be physically active.

  • Part One: What Does It Mean to be Physically Active?
  • Part Two: Changing Attitudes about Physical Fitness
  • Part 3: Keeping It Fun!
  • Part Four: Buddy Up: The Importance of Teamwork
  • Part 5: Stick With It! Reinforcing Participation and Interest

Woman Alive Leader's Manual / Manuel de Femme Active

The Woman Alive Program provides affordable physical activity programs to women on limited incomes in order to increase their capacity to care for their own health. The Woman Alive Leader's Manual displays how partnerships between two or more agencies can be an excellent method of pooling resources to offer an effective and affordable program.

Le programme Femme active offre des programmes d'activité physique abordables aux femmes dont le revenu est limité afin d'améliorer leur capacité de prendre soin de leur propre santé. Le Manuel des responsables du programme Femme active montre qu’un partenariat constitué de deux organismes ou plus peut être une excellente façon de regrouper des ressources pour offrir un programme efficace et abordable. Il s’adresse aux professionnels des loisirs communautaires, des services de santé et des autres organismes travaillant auprès de femmes dont le revenu est limité.

The Manual is available in both English and French [PDF order form] and is designed for community recreation professionals, public health departments, and other organizations working with women on limited incomes.

Moving Forward: A National Roundtable on Aboriginal Women in Sport

The National Roundtable on Aboriginal Women in Sport, hosted Feb 22-24, 2008 was part of a larger effort by academics and practitioners to identify and discuss sport and recreation issues that are important to Aboriginal people in Canada. Its goal is to develop strategies to increase Aboriginal involvement in sport and recreation by identifying the strengths of the existing delivery systems, the barriers and challenges to participation, and opportunities to increase access and equity for Aboriginal people in this area of social life. Moving Forward also outlines some of the main activities delegates believe will help to engage, retain, and increase the involvement of Aboriginal women in sport and recreation in Canada.

Go Girls! Mentoring Program

Go Girls! is a group mentoring program for girls ages 12-14 that focuses on physical activity, balanced eating and self-esteem. The single, most important goal of the program is to positively shape the lives of young women and girls by helping them build a positive self-image – setting them on a path to reach their full potential in life.

Team Spirit: Aboriginal Girls in Sport

Team Spirit: Aboriginal Girls in Sport and Aboriginal On the Move are national, multi-year projects to increase community sport opportunities for Aboriginal girls and young women (ages 9-18). In 2010/2011, nine communities in six provinces will receive funding to develop and implement community sport and healthy living programs for Aboriginal girls and young women, increase their capacity to address the needs and interests of this target group, and raise the profile of female Aboriginal leaders and role models. The projects will also leverage funding to support action in other communities through knowledge generation, communication, and evaluation.

On the Move: Increasing Participation of Girls and Women in PA and Sport / After School / Newcomers / Aboriginal / Ethnic

On the Move is an innovative programming concept to help service providers increase girls’ and young women’s participation in sport and physical activity. The On the Move Handbook discusses the issues and barriers that girls and young women face in their participation and provides information about program design and implementation, leadership, promotion, and building community support. 

Resources include: The On the Move Handbook, On the Move Top 10 Success Factors for After School programs, Policy and Recommendations for Active After School Programs for Girls and Young Women, Newcomer Girls and Young Women On the Move: Making Sport and Physical Activity Inclusive to Newcomers in Canada, Success Stories, Active After School Programs for Girls and Young Women – Success Stories from Five Friendship Centres, Making Healthy Connections with Racialized Communities Report, and more.

See also On the Move: Creating Positive Programs for Aboriginal Girls and Young Women and On the Move, Aboriginal On the Move Digital Storytelling Workshop in Sport stories on the Team Spirit: Aboriginal Girls in Sport site.

En français - En mouvement!

On the Move: Creating Positive Programs for Aboriginal Girls and Young Women - Presentation

This presentation from the 2011 Northwest Territories Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference discusses the benefits of physical activity for girls and women, provides statistics on participation, and outlines the barriers to participation for aboriginal girls and women. The goals and success of the program are reviewed and examples are provided from the NWT.

See also the Team Spirit and Aboriginal On the Move website for more resources, such as the Aboriginal On the Move Digital Storytelling Workshop in Sport stories.



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