Kashechewan High School Boys & Girls Team Win Gold at the 2018 Louis Neacappo ~ Open Basket Ball Championship in Chisasibi Quebec
COMMUNITY YOUTH INTERVENTION
Welcome to another exciting installment of the NALSC Community Youth Intervention Program Newsletter! We are happy to present this issue which showcases all of the amazing hard work and specialized programming from each of our brilliant and talented community Youth Intervention Workers.
In the beginning (2006) our Youth Intervention Program was a pilot program designed to be the linkage between the youth residing in the NAN communities and the Probation Officers located in the rural areas. Even after all this time they are still responsible for positively reintegrating a youth back into a community and finding meaningful ways to work off their court ordered probation orders. Due to the success of our -Restorative Justice Diversion program, less and less youth were going through the court process altogether and our numbers were dropping. What made the most sense for us as a program, was to spend our new found free time on Prevention. We asked ourselves "why don't we intervene before the youth get in conflict with the law?" Keep them out of the system all together? Thus creating a new and exciting addition to their position.
To date, we currently have ten Youth Intervention Workers located in the fly-in communities of Attawapiskat, Fort Albany, Kashechewan, Sandy Lake, Pikangikum, Big Trout Lake, Wapekeka and Kasabonika. Each worker has their own special skill set, in which they spend their time positively building up and supporting our youth. Words cannot explain just how amazing our team, our Youth Intervention family is. Our workers are constantly going above and beyond what is asked of them and I would like to take the time to thank them for all their hard work and efforts. It takes a special kind of person to do this type of work and the we have is extraordinary.
We try to cover all areas of interest whether it be boxing, basketball, broom ball, hockey, on the land activities, media arts, painting, beading, traditional holistic cultural activities, spending time with our elders or just providing a safe space with positive like-minded supportive peers. We encourage a healthy lifestyle. We believe in building up our youth. Our youth are our future and we need to make sure we are raising responsible, well-rounded, next generation of leaders. This is where our investments, our efforts and our time needs to be focused on.
Over the past few years, I have been so fortunate to be invited to spend time up in these exceptional communities. Nothing ever prepares you for the beauty of each place. How quickly you can fall in love with your surroundings, the people and the food. Though each community varies in location and language they are all equal in beauty. I have immensely enjoyed all of the time I have spent in the communities. Whether it be hosting events with the talented youth, meeting with leadership or other front line staff of the community. I look forward to more visits in the future.
Miigwetch, Chantelle Johnson, Restorative Justice Supervisor.
Big Trout Lake
- Learn new skills and hobbies
- Develop self-esteem and empowerment
- Participate in group activities such as camping, boating and cultural events
- Learn about their community and history
- Reconnect with Elders and family members develop a healthy lifestyle
- You are a youth between the ages of 12-17
- You have been in trouble with the law and are on probation
- You want to turn your life around
- You have a court-mandated order to complete
- You require assistance in completing or finding placements to complete court-mandated orders
- You are a youth that has NOT been in trouble with the Law but would like a place to go spend time with role models, elders and peers, learn new skills, hobbies and have fun
FOR THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS
why are you in this program?
The goal of the cyiw program
HOW IT WORKS
The intent of the program is to guide you to a better understanding of how their behaviour affects others in the community and to make amends by giving back to the community in a meaningful way.
Youth will gain a new insight into the cause and effects of their behaviour. In addition, the program may help youth to develop new skills and interests and to seek out new training opportunities.
your local youth intervention worker can help you:
The Community Youth Intervention Initiative (CYII) works with Aboriginal youth in conflict with the law. The Community Youth Intervention Worker (CYIW) works closely with probation officers, and operates as a linkage between youth and probation officers. The CYIW also works with community members including the leadership and the community Education Authority.
The CYIW plays an important role in the development of a local program and provides support and assistance to reintegrate youth back into the community – in a positive and meaningful way. The CYIW meets regularly with clients and helps build their self-esteem while promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Are you in need of volunteers to:
- Cut/chop wood for Elders
- Haul Water
- Shovel snow
- Complete yard work
- Clean up the community
- Assist at community and cultural events
- Stock shelves at stores
- Help out at the school
- Visit Elders
Please contact any of your Community Youth Intervention Workers.
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My name is Mary Spencer and I'm from the Chippwewas of Nawash First Nation. Over the last two years, I have been the Youth Intervention worker in Kashechewan First Nation.
Over the last two years, the YI project in Kashechewan has been to develop a community gym and boxing club led by the youth. My years of experience on the National Boxing Team and Olympic Boxing Team enabled me to coach at the grassroots level while partnering with Boxing Ontario to officially register the boxing club as an official member club.
In the spring of 2018, the Kashechewan Boxing Club had its official grand opening. A fully equipped and fully functional gym that was developed by the youth was ready for full-time use. The open house invited all of the youth, ages 12 and up to participate in fitness activities such as wall sits, pushups, situps, rowing, cycling, and boxing, for prizes. Awards were also given out to three outstanding boxers; Gordon Sutherland, Rhonda Wynne, and Wilson Lazarus. Programming continues at the boxing gym and with the temporary closing of the school gym (the only other gym in the community), it has proven to be a valuable asset. Youth are leading activities and workouts as well as working off community hours, whether school related or court ordered, by cleaning the gym. We hope this new facility and programming will continue to provide a safe and healthy place for youth and community to gather and improve physical fitness.
My name is Kenneth Sackaney and I am the youth intervention worker in Fort Albany. The Fort Albany chapter has gone through some extensive changes this past year, we are commonly known from the previous worker as the basketball reserve. The time had come for the coach to move from Fort Albany and has gone to pursue further education. The program was in limbo for the first time in a decade. but upcoming youth have stepped in to continue the program while I assist on guiding them on taking over the program. I for the most part did a lot of fundraising for the teams and will continue to support them in every way possible. The youth have benefited from the programs as we are able to hit a large demographic of Fort Albany Youth. Unfortunately, not all people are athletes. I have shifted focus of the program, to approach other fields of interest.
The new direction to accommodate other youth is media arts. i have used an external organization named ArtsCan to assist with me on tapping their creative potential, and to allow youth to express themselves in a positive environment. ArtsCan have visited the community four times in the past year, each workshop introduced a musician/producer in the industry. The workshops were planned to get the youth to slowly write a song. The next visit to record, produce instrumentals, and make a mix of both recordings. The final visit was to make a corresponding music video to go with the song. Overall it was done throughout the year and the video is now completed. This experience inspired youth to continue singing without ArtsCan around and a few students learned to play an instrument. Some asked me, "when are you bringing the musicians back? I can do better than the last song." The goal is to bring them back again but now to get equipment for us to have a mini studio for them to practice and continue to get guidance from professionals, but once again I am also running into a healthy problem. There are other youth who are not musically gifted and planning on creating a film/photography crew. It will be a different field of the arts. the goal is to have many different programs available anytime of the week.
When we, as Anishinaabe people, experience trauma or severe life changes, it's common that every event that comes our way changes our way changes our perception on how we see and live. My only concern is to bring healing to our people who experienced traumatic/stressful life altering changes. I help those who seek my services, who include youth, adults and families to find holistic resolutions within themselves and to strengthen their surroundings in the community.
My journey started 19 years ago, I lost everything, my job, my family, my self-respect and everything else you can imagine. I realized one day that I needed change, or I wouldn't be around much longer. One day i received a call from Jeff. Jeff was the Coordinator for the Safehouse for kids. He offered me a job offer as a caretaker; duties included sweeping, mopping the floor, cooking and doing the dishes for the clients and looking after them .There I met John Mathews. John worked at the same building as the NADDAP worker.I spent alot of time with John and he helped me in my journey with his teachings and ceremonies. With his knowledge on life, I became who I am today, and I would like to think that I do bring the same teachings and respect when i am asked for guidance to the Youth of Attawapiskat. I went from caretaker to youth counselor in a year and I've been working with the youth ever since, no matter where my journey brings me.
I enjoy working with the youth. We offer traditional activities; sweats, drumming, pipe ceremonies, storytelling, etc. We also perform open house once a month; we Barbeque sausages, burgers, chicken along with refreshments, staff would help by greeting youth facilitating workshops and information sessions during the open house. This also gives the youth the chance to explore what type of services that are offered to them. We had our last youth event this past month on the 5th of December. We had 100 plus youth attend with a few school staff and deputy chief at hand. The youth were happy and that was the goal.
One of the programs we're excited to highlight is the Community Learning Hub. The Learning Hub is a digital suite of various programs we facilitate through our office. The Learning Hub consists of programs that focus on: Substance Abuse, Self-Awareness, Anger Management, Financial Literacy, Employment Finances, Gender Equality and Cultural Knowledge. To date, in the short period since we began delivering the Learning Hub it has helped and assisted many of our clients who have court ordered condition, however we are open to referrals from any Program or Agency. The Hub can be facilitated in a group workshop setting or on a one on one basis. Each particular component has a different time frame for completion whether it be for a group workshop or One on One. At the end of the program every client that completes a program receives a Certificate of Completion.
Feel free to get in touch or join us if you ever need the services of the Community Learning Hub!
Community Learning HUB - springboard services
Glad you can join us! Darryl Sainnawap here again updating you from the NALSC- KI office! Once again it has been a great year for the Youth Intervention Program in our Community! We've enjoyed another great year of various events and activities for our Youth and Community! We are excited to take this opportunity to share some highlight moments of our program! Our programming, as in previous years, has been consistent in emphasizing Healthy Active Living and Cultural Learning. We have not only prioritized our outlined program objectives but we also have teamed up with other programs such as: Choose Life, Child & Youth Strategy and Family Well Being Programs to bring more life promoting fun to our young people and community which gives everyone something to look forward to! It is my hope that as you look over the snapshots you gain an understanding of our program and what we do and also have an understanding of how we can help!
Since moving into our new office space, we’ve partnered with the Family Well-Being and Child & Youth Strategy workers to host different activities with our youth! Gaming Days and Community Movie Nights have been popular among the participants! Recently we’ve hosted an NHL 18 Tournament for Youth ages 18 and under with an open invitation BBQ for anyone in the Community! Movie nights are also popular, as we have a large turnout of participants. On movie nights, we will together make supper of different foods such as: Homemade Pizza, Spaghetti, Soup and sandwiches, Fruit dishes, popcorn etc. and invite anyone over for a night out! This has given Youth a safe space to hang out and has provided them with something to look forward to in the community!
The Community Youth Intervention program has continued to work with Youth by organizing different land based activities throughout the 4 seasons! We find that by reconnecting youth with the land, youth participants will find a sense of identity, build their inner strength, and self-esteem! It is our belief that when youth feel good about themselves, they strive to do better at home, at school and at home!
Game Days and movie nights
ki community youth hockey
This year, through the combined fundraising efforts of Parents, Grandparents, Guardians, Youth Intervention plus sponsorship from the Equaygamik (Womens Shelter) the young hockey players were able to attend the Little Bands Hockey Tournament in Dryden, ON which consists of 60 youth hockey teams that converge from across the remote North Western Ontario for a 7 day hockey tournament! This year the Peewee KI ICEHAWKS and Bantam team- KI KINGS had another great year playing and all enjoyed their games and were able to participate in extra activities otherwise they would not be able to enjoy at home. Lazer tag, Swimming at the local Dryden pool, Team supper at Pizza Hut are always favorites throughout the week.
This year, for the first time, the Peewee Hockey team otherwise known as the KI Ice Hawks were able to attend the 30th Annual All Native Goodwill Hockey Tournament in Thunder Bay! It was a fun filled memorable experience! They got to experience faster pace hockey and were able to play teams from Webequie FN, Garden River FN, Fort William FN amongst others in the Tournament! While in Thunder Bay, during off ice times, the team highly enjoyed the Canada Games Complex, Silvercity Movies, Wacky's Arcade and other activities again they could not enjoy at home.
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Community Youth Intervention has continued in its prevention efforts through Community Youth Hockey. As envisioned, it still continues to be a great vehicle in mobilizing Youth to have fun and learn life skills such: Hawk work, Respect, Teamwork, Discipline and Making Healthy Lifestyle Choices! Throughout the winter months, Community Youth Intervention runs Ice times 4 times a week at the local arena for Ice hockey practices and ice games for Youth between the ages of 10-17 years old. During Ice sessions and locker room times various community members, visitors, speakers are encouraged and invited to come to speak to youth who want to encourage and/or convey a positive message! This year the teams were able to attend a few hockey tournaments!
30th annual goodwill hockey tournament
little bands hockey tournament 2018
kingfisher lake youth hockey tournament
My name is Janice McKay and I am the second YI worker in the Kitchenuhmaykoosib office. I began working with the youth in 2016 and prior to obtaining this position, I was a Community Mentor for Right To Play for 1 year. Both programs vary in expectations but are both very rewarding! I felt this position would be more fitting for myself. It was in September 2017 that I made the switch to my current position of a YI, so far it's been very fulfilling!
In my time with NAN Legal, I've been more focused on the sport aspect of prevention. With the increase of programs in our community we often get limited gym times, I started having one gym night per week for female's volleyball on Wednesdays for ages 13+. Volleyball is one of the main sports in our community that our youth enjoy.
I also spend my time playing broomball. We recently just started up a team for the community again. It usually dies down and we go for years without a team. Last season there was a give away for a handful of equipment to the youth. A few young girls were able to grab a set each and have started playing with the ladies team. The downside of this good gesture was their wasn't enough for everyone. There are still kids on the side wanting to play. However, it's nice to see more young kids wanting to get into this sport. It's also nice to see the ones playing improve more and more each time!
During the summer months, floor hockey is something that keeps everyone active. We usually rotate evenings for regular scrimmage games and $20 play-n-play tournaments with kids, old-timers, ladies and mens teams each week.
We play a lot of our sports closely with Wapekeka. We usually drive to over there once a week for volleyball. They drive over for broomball in the winter months and they play in our floor hockey tournaments during the summer, both youth and adults.
Youth also enjoy cultural learning. They come back off the land with a sense of fulfillment. They create things with their own hands and feel accomplished. We feel connected to our cultural as we go on and gain more knowledge.
My personal highlight of the hockey season was having the combined team of Peewees & Bantams (10-15 yrs) play against the older generation of 45+ year old players otherwise known as the "Oldtimers", which comprise of their Fathers, Uncles, Grandfathers and other players for a showdown of a good ol' hockey game. Listening to the back and forth between the young and old on who's going to win led to a heightened anticipation and made the game much more intense as each generation wanted the bragging rights. It was a great turn out from the community as spectators came out to watch and cheer on the teams, and that in itself I saw encouraged the young players and that they felt valued. After all the fun, laughter and excitement the old timers won the hockey game in a close match, however, the anticipation of a rematch continues and we all look forward to the game in 2019!
In another adventure the combined team of Peewees 7 Bantams (10-15 yrs) went on a Winter road trip along with Parents and Chaperones for a fun 3 Day Hockey Tournament in Kingfisher Lake! The Youth hockey tournament brought together teams KI, Webequie, Kasabonika, Wunnimun, and Kingfisher Lake!
Hii!! My name is Tracy Winter and I was just recently hired as the Community's Youth Intervention worker for Wapekeka also known as Angling Lake. Before moving to NALSC, I worked at the school for 10 years. I've always enjoyed working with our youth in my community. I still enjoy working along side them and look forward to getting things going for within my community.
Well, it has been a tremendous time working under Nishnabwe - Aski Legal Services as a Youth Intervention worker. I'm currently in my eight year for working in my hometown of Kasabonika Lake First Nation. I am still willing to keep working with the youth, mainly ages 12 - 17 years of age. We do all sorts of activities from painting, sewing, bannock making, etc for indoor. For outdoor activities, they enjoy doing rabbit snaring, learning to spot a beaver dams and trapping for martins. Well, that's all I have to say for now.
CYI: Keith McKay
A few of us YI's help with Little Bands Hockey Tournament
Hi, Hello, boozoo
Partnering up with different programs, learning how to design cakes
Eve & the 3 J's, Jeff, Josh & Jared (visit from the funders)
From cut up moosehid to little mitts and mocs
Chief Delores Kg, Ed Derek and councilor Russell Kp
Nan Legal visit to Sandy Lake for presentations
Hello I am Evangeline Meekis, Community Youth Intervention/Prevention worker in Sandy Lake. Working for NAN-Legal has been very exciting and it helps us YI workers keep busy with the youth
No matter where we work or where we are from it is the youth in the communities that teach us the biggest lessons in life. it it programs such as ours that are so essential in providing positive and safe atmosphere in which our youth can grow.
I. myself am learning from the youth here in Sandy Lake .They have a lot to offer if we are able to listen to each other more. They are so amazingly inspiring.
The youth really enjoy making things that they can take home to show.
Helping build the playground in one part of the reserve
Hello from Pikangikum
In this news article, we focused on the interest of the youth, which includes activities such as roller blading, gill netting, movie nights, etc. This year, we were able to obtain 18 pairs of roller blades with full protective gear. Turnouts for rolllerblading this summer at our arena were notable for the youth of the community. Therefore, most times everyone had to take turns at 15 minutes per shift. More blades would be beneficial for the community's youth.
Youth Intervention workers started hosting movie nights for the community. We have youth help set up. As well as, sell snacks such as freezies, salty treats, popcorn and juice boxes. the profits then go to the rental fee for the community centre gym, which is $100 for the evening.
On our first attempt on setting a gill net, we caught a lot of red sucker fish, which have a lot of bones. For that reason, no one wanted to eat them. An elder told us to feed the bears and guided us to where we should set up for next time. That is when our youth started to set up and caught more suitable and larger fish. Another moment that we've experienced on one of our many outings on the lake was having a loon stuck in the net. We had to get the loon in the boat, where he out up a fight. it took us 3 hours to get the loon out safely. Once the youth that was with us that day released the loon, he felt proud of himself and received a sense of fulfillment out of the situation.
Northern Reach Rescue Network
PIK YI workers have partnered up with the NRRN and Northern Dog Feeding program to help stray dogs find new homes in locations such as Thunder Bay, Sioux Lookout, Kenora, Dryden. So far, we have rescued 500 dogs in our reserve. An over population of dogs can be dangerous for community members. Not only do they/we remove dogs but we also assist with and promote spay & neuter programs. They send needed supplies and food to all the other dogs in the community.
Booshoo my name is Darlene Oshie and NO I am not related to T.J Oshie :p. I am the HUB Facilitator out of the Thunder Bay office and serve the Treaty 9 area. I joined NAN Legal Services in December of 2017, I really enjoy the challenges that this program has to offer and meeting new faces all the time.
I am originally from Shoal Lake #40 right next foor to the Manitoba border, I have been on and off the reserve since the age of 12. Ojibway was my first language however I cannot speak it fluently anymore but I can understand it.
What's great about the HUB system is that the Interactive Like Skills programs that are not only offered to youth, but they have also been available to adults as well. These programs are utilized in a one to one or group setting and for presentations. I go to schools, communities and have sessions here at our Thunder Bay office. I get refferals through the courts for minor legal issues, Child Family Welfare and schools. Stallone Quequish , my colleague is the new HUB facilitator for the Sioux Lookout office, he covers the west side of our service in Treaty 3, Treaty 5 and Treaty 9. If you would like to try The Community Learning HUB in a demonstration or would like more information on how your organization can become a HUB site, please contact our office in either Thunder Bay or Sioux Lookout.
Chii meegwetch, Wahchay.
My name is Stallone Quequish, I am the new Community Engagement Training Coordinator or HUB worker for Sioux Lookout, Ontario. My start date was November 26, 2018 and so far I am enjoying the atmosphere here at NALSC. After 10 years of being an Underground Miner for Goldcorp Musselwhite Mine, this is a new career path for me. I have a passion for working with youth and people of all ages through workshops and presentations, so this position I have obtained is exciting for me.
I stay busy, trying my best to help communities and people in need through the art of music. In my spare time, I am a hip hop artist, public speaker, and facilitator. I have travelled to remote communities in Northwestern Ontario with my music and workshop contents to help empower our young people. Giving them the needed motivation to walk the good and sober life through storytelling and interactions. I plan to give as much help as I can to those in need of support through NALSC and also my freelance workshops. I want to thank everyone for the warm welcoming and I look forward to working with you all.
springboard community learning hub
THE NALSC YOUTH INTERVENTION PROGRAM WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE AND AGENCIES
YI christmas party fun
- The Ministry of Children and Youth Services for supporting all of our ideas and activities
- Youth Probation
- NAPS, OPP and Pikangikum Police
- Our Community Youth Councils
- Right To Play
- Chief and Council
-School - Teachers and Principals
- Mental Health and NNADAP
- Brighter Futures
- Project Journey
- The Lakehead University Pre-Law Society
- Creighton Youth Services
- Tikinagan Child and Family Services
- Community Volunteers
- Our Fellow Co-workers
How many YIs does it take
to tie a bow tie?
Chantelle Johnson, RJ, YJ & YI Supervisor 1805 Arthur Street East, Thunder Bay, ON P7E 2R6
Tel: (807) 622-1413 ext. 7081 Toll Free: 1-800-465-5581
Fax: (807) 622-3024
Ken Sackaney, Youth Justice/ Youth Intervention Worker PO Box 197 Fort Albany, ON P0L 1H0
Tel: (705) 278-3340
Fax: (705) 278-3340
Mary Spencer, Youth Justice/ Youth Intervention Worker Kashechewan, ON
Darren Kejick, Youth Justice/ Youth Intervention Worker PO Box 330 Pikangikum, ON P0V 2L0 Serving the Community of Pikangikum & Sandy Lake
Tel: (807) 773-1126
Fax: (807) 773-5355
Darryl Sainnawap, Youth Justice/ Youth Intervention Worker Janice McKay, Youth Justice/ Youth Intervention Worker PO Box 279 Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, ON P0V 1G0 Serving Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, Wapekeka, Kingfisher Lake
Tel: (807) 537-2369
Fax: (807) 537-2859
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Email: email@example.com
Evangeline Meekis, Community Youth Intervention Worker c/o Sandy Lake Band Office Sandy Lake, ON P0V 1V0
Tel: (807) 774-4423
Fax: (807) 774-4340
Keith McKay, Community Youth Intervention Worker
PO Box 124
Kasabonika Lake, ON P0V 1Y0
Tel: (807) 535-9252
Fax: (807) 535-9252
David Chookomolin, Youth Justice/ Youth Intervention Worker
PO Box 370
Attawapiskat, ON P0L 1A0
Tel: (807) 212-6876
Tracey Winter, Community Youth Intervention Worker
Tel: (807) 537-2315
Fax: (807) 537-2336
THE NALSC YOUTH INTERVENTION PROGRAM Contact Information