One-on-one mentorship is a personalized support program that connects Indigenous youth aged 14-30 across Turtle Island with dedicated mentors from the mental health field. The program offers positive relationships and support systems to help youth thrive through various communication channels like online, telephone, text-based, and in-person discussions.
The mental health team is made up of social workers, educators, youth workers, and Indigenous practitioners who have extensive knowledge and expertise in youth mental health. These mentors work closely with youth to identify their self-determined needs and goals related to overall well-being, such as mental health skills, self-care, goal setting, task management, referrals, cultural identity, professional development, and academic support. In addition, the program also provides access to a team of cultural mentors, including traditional Knowledge Keepers, Healers, and Oshkaabewis (Traditional Helpers) to support cultural teachings, healing, and ceremonies.
Through ongoing discussions with their mentors, Indigenous youth can develop essential life skills that will serve them throughout their lives. The program provides a safe and supportive environment where youth can express themselves and receive guidance on the issues that matter most to them. This helps build resilience, gain self-confidence, and overcome challenges and obstacles, ultimately empowering them to become leaders in their communities and achieve their full potential.
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Nyle is an Anishnaabe artist, storyteller and Oshkaabewis (Traditional Helper) from Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation. His art depicts the interconnectedness of all living things and incorporates teachings based on traditional knowledge. Nyle has worked on numerous projects supporting community organizations such as Anishnawbe Health Toronto, 7th Generation Image Makers, Chippewas of Nawash Health Centre, TakingITGlobal, Canadian Roots Exchange, Lower Simcoe Underpass Mural Project, Bold Realities Project, Sketch Toronto and Inkdigenous Tattoo Studio and Gallery. His work draws inspiration from woodland painters, Storytellers and the traditions of his Anishnaabe culture.
Nyle offers the following services: Traditional Counselling, Pipe ceremony, Sweat Lodge Conductor, Traditional Storytelling, Releasing Ceremonies, Grieving Teachings, Traditional Arts Practices, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).
Ian Akiwenzie manidog nimiwag makes the spirits dance dizhnikaaz! Ian is wolf clan dodem from Chippewas of Nawash Unceeded Doonjebah. Ian has been dancing for 48 years and has been drug and alcohol free for 27. Ian is currently a dancer for Redsky Performance, and has also sung on music productions for the Redsky Performance. In addition, Ian has also sung with two champion drum groups on several powwow recordings and has been nominated for best traditional music at the National Aboriginal Music Awards! Ian is an accomplished beader of 27 years, with 10 years on layout and design in the Indigenous arts world.
Ian offers the following services: Sweats, Fasts, Bundles, Colours, Sacred Fires, Mourning, Cleansing, Four Medicines Teachings, Knowledge of Song/Dance, Dance/Singing Styles, Drum Teachings, Learning to Forgive to Begin Healing Teachings, Dreams and Spirit Helper Teachings, Recognizing our Gifts and Confidence Teachings, Anishnawbe Creation Story Teachings.
James Carpenter is a recognized Indigenous Traditional Healer and Oshkabewis (Helper). His First Nations Ancestry is from the Anishnaabek and Mississauga First Nation of Alderville, Chippewa ancestry from the Traditional territory around the Great Lakes, Oneida ancestry from Upper New York State, and the Cree Nation from the shores of James Bay. He continues to reclaim his Anishnaabek and Chipewyan and Cree languages. James specializes in providing Indigenous Traditional Healing Services and Sacred Indigenous Ceremonies to children, families, and communities.
Cecile Akiwenzie-Martin is an Ojibway First Nations woman from the Turtle Clan originally from Neyaashiinigmiing. She married into Mohawk tradition and currently resides in Six Nations of the Grand River First Nations Territory. As a mother, Nokomis, Lodge Conductor, Sundancer, Aboriginal Midwife, RPN, Reflexologist, Aromatherapist, Artist, and Entrepreneur, she has received her Spirit name (Manitou Waabshki Mshkiniinh) and completed her first strawberry fast. Additionally, she has received songs, sundanced in South Dakota, and was trained to conduct the Sacred Grandmother Full Moon Lodge, during which she received a Sacred Pipe for the lodge all under the instruction of the Late Frank Ewart Settee. Cecile now has over 20 years of experience and training in various areas of health and well-being work.