Choose Life

NAN advocated for and developed Choose Life to ensure that no First Nation community would be denied programming funding that promotes the mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being of youth.

Choose Life provides immediate funding relief for youth at risk of suicide by fast-tracking proposals for group child and youth mental health prevention programs/services.

Guiding Principles

  • Fairness – Decisions are consistently applied, based on impartial judgment and without discrimination or favouritism.
  • Transparency – The process is open, available to the public, and easily understandable to those living in NAN territory
  • Timely – Decisions are made within a reasonable time period, without delay, and within the service standards of Jordan’s Principle (JP).
  • Client-Centered – Each stage of the process is focused on the child, leading to an outcome that is in the best interest of the child.
  • Focus – The focus of Choose Life is preventing suicide among children and youth.

Who Can Apply?

First Nation communities and organizations located within NAN territory for the benefit of children and youth 18 years and younger. The communist must identify:

  • A pressing need in respect to youth at serious risk of suicide
  • A gap in supports, programs, services for youth at risk of suicide
  • A clear plan to provide supports that would include land-based healing and activities, prevention, and intervention programs in a holistic approach

Each Choose Life project is unique, they all bring families together, connect people to the land, their language and emphasize the importance of cultural identity.

Applicants Can Apply For:

  • Community-Based Mental Health Services, such as one-on-one intervention counselling, psychological and psychiatric assessments, development of treatment plans, counsellors in school, etc.
  • Capacity Building, such as training of front-line staff, community members and youth through training sessions and workshops.
  • Youth Empowerment through the creation of youth councils, forums, youth-driven programming, mentoring programs, peer support programming, etc.
  • Land-Based/Cultural Activities through the7 Grandfather Teachings, traditional therapeutic land-based healing and detox camps, traditional hunting, fishing, promoting traditional language, medicine preparation, canoeing, skinning and preparing wildlife, etc.