September 22, 2016


Métis Youth Health in BC

Ta Saantii: A profile of Métis youth health in BC
The report contains data from the 2008 and 2013 BC AHS, along with the views of Métis community members. Community members reviewed a draft of findings from this report and provided context for the results. Participants in the consultations included Métis youth, Elders and service providers from across the province.

Homeless Street Involved Métis Youth
In 2014, McCreary Centre Society conducted a survey of homeless and street-involved youth with almost 700 young people aged 12–19. The survey took place in 13 communities across British Columbia (Abbotsford/Mission, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Nelson, North Shore, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Surrey, Vancouver, and Victoria).
This fact sheet profiles the health picture of the 12% of survey respondents who self-identified as Métis.

Métis youth health in BC
This brief report explores the health picture of Métis youth in British Columbia. It is based on data from the 2008 BC Adolescent Health Survey (AHS).

Mental Health

Want to speak to someone that can help right now?

To get help right away, any time of day or night. It’s free to call.

24 hours a day to connect to a BC crisis line, without a wait or busy signal.

Kid’s Help Phone: for children and youth aged 5 to 20. Speak to a professional counsellor, 24 hours a day. It’s free, confidential, anonymous and available across Canada

Call VictimLinkBC is toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone service available across B.C. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It provides information and referral services to all victims of crime and immediate crisis support

Canadian Mental Health Association - Youth Mental Health
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), BC Division exists to promote the mental health of British Columbians and support the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness.
An aboriginal youth website for suicide prevention resources including documents, fact sheets, videos, personal stories and support resources
Mind Check offers quizzes to help you better understand what’s going on with you and provides support such as education, self-help tools, website links, a chat link, and assistance in connecting to local professional resources.
The Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre is a provincial resource centre that provides mental health and substance use information, resources, and peer support to children, youth and their families from across BC. We also provide peer support to people of all ages with eating disorders. All of our services are free of charge, and you can reach us over the phone, in person, or through email.
HeretoHelp is a project of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information. We are a group of seven leading mental health and addictions non-profit agencies.
Youth in BC operates youth online chat to connect youth with support, information and resources

Health Advocacy
A great resource for different topics on youths rights and responsibilities around different areas including health

Sexual Health
·        Huge list of resources for both youth and health care workers on sexual health
HPV facts for Aboriginal youth
·        short brochure with an Indigenous youth focus on the facts and figures surrounding HPV
·        they have a good list of how to protect oneself including talking with Elders about sexual health and having protected sex
Sexual Health Toolkit: First Nation's Center, NAHO
·        Clear and concise overview of sexual health with an Indigenous lens
Part 1 - Sexual Health, STIs and HIV/AIDS
·        good for more details around general sexual health practices (ex. using protection) and basic knowledge around the different types of diseases (very easy to understand)
Part 2: Healthy Relationships, Abuse and Body Image
·        deals with more of the social implications of sexual health and gives some great talking points and information to approach youth with around these issues
Cervical Cancer Fact Sheet
·        Brief 2 page PDF going over facts about cervical cancer and the benefits of PAP test
Choosing a Contraceptive That’s Right for You
·        Very easy to use guide on all the different forms of contraception with pictures, stats and pros/cons of each


“It’s Not Something You Have to Be Scared About”: Attitudes towards Pregnancy and Fertility among Canadian Aboriginal Young People
·        Research paper showing Aboriginal youth’s view around adolescent pregnancy and how they are accepted within the community. Interesting data showing the ambivalence around adolescent pregnancy and hormonal contraception within their communities may lead to more unprotected sex among Aboriginal youth

Smoking Cessation

Quit Now
·        There are many reasons why you may want to quit smoking. You may worry about your health, you may be concerns about how second-hand smoke is harming those around you, or you may feel that your tobacco use is costing more and more. Whatever your reason, it is always a good time to quit.

Healthy Lifestyle

Traditional Aboriginal Diets and Health
Good resources on the benefits of traditional Aboriginal diet and healthy eating
Métis Cookbook and guide to healthy living
The cookbook compiles recipes from Métis contributors across Canada to inspire healthy lifestyle choices.
ISPAYIN — Métis Youth Express Yourself!
ISPAYIN is an extensive project, led by the Métis Centre of NAHO, to build awareness about Métis youth identity, health and well-being. What you are reading now is part of the ISPAYIN interactive package — a DVD compilation of youth recordings and submissions with associated narratives, and this accompanying Discussion Guide. This interactive package showcases Métis pride and can be used as a cultural competency tool within mainstream and Aboriginal organizations, in communities and schools across Canada, and elsewhere.


Did you know?

The early Métis combined the reels and waltz from their European ancestry with the dances of the Plains Indians, creating unique dances that were believed to be some of the most technical dances of any Aboriginal people.

Learn More Here