On September 27, 2019, PolicyWise will be holding their Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the YMCA Family Resource Centre in Birch Hall (gymnasium). This will be a community event to share the work we’ve done this past year, as well as the work of our partners, with members of the community and stakeholders. We will also be hosting a discussion panel during the event. Meet the panel members below. We look forward to seeing you!
If you are unable to attend in-person, we will be hosting a live-stream of the event on our YouTube channel. We hope you’ll join us!
The Raising Spirit project began as a collaboration between Opokaa’sin Early Intervention Society and the Institute for Child and Youth Studies (I-CYS) at the University of Lethbridge. The project, funded through the PolicyWise Small Grants competition, began by focusing on how to articulate local childrearing values among primarily Blackfoot families. Tanya will share how the research team worked with community members and students to: collect, transcribe, and curate images, videos and audio documents; identify important Blackfoot concepts and language use; develop and launch a digital storytelling library that functions as a mobile app; train youth and agency staff to sustain the library; and, share the results through public exhibitions.
Deinera currently holds an Early Career Transition Award through PolicyWise. Through this award she is exploring gaps in knowledge related to building skills and capacities needed for healthy relationships that support positive youth mental health. Specifically, she is exploring gender-informed approaches to school based mental health promotion and, optimal approaches for coordinating and implementing different systems of care in sustainable, high-quality ways within the school environment.
Peter will describe a PolicyWise Seed Grant project that examined the implications of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC, 2015) for how new social workers are educated. The TRC challenged the social work profession to re-think not only what it does and how it does its work but also the underlying assumptions. It specifically challenges reflection about how we continue to be engaged in colonization and assimilation. Through research with social work students and faculty at Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary, the research team identified a series of recommendations to inform dialogue within and amongst post-secondary social work educators and indigenous peoples.
Kate will describe the Indigenous Youth Mentorship Program (IYMP), an after-school, peer led, health promotion program and the progress that has been made through this program over the past three years. PolicyWise provided funding to a PhD student who has supported this large, multi-year initiative funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation through the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute. Most recently, IYMP team members from across Canada came together in Calgary, Alberta for their 3rd Annual National Team Gathering to share what has been learned and to set direction for the next five years.
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