The Government of Canada has announced $2.4 million in new funding over five years for a research, intervention and community advocacy project to improve the mental health of children and youth in Nunavut.
The Child and Youth Mental Health Wellness Research, Intervention and Community Advocacy project aims to help Nunavut communities raise awareness of mental health and wellness among children and youth, provide youth perspectives on mental health issues, and support parents in raising healthy children. The project will be conducted by northerners and employ both traditional Inuit knowledge and current science to create healthy environments and improve the health of Aboriginal children and youth. Knowledge gained from the project will also be shared with other communities across Canada.
See the Public Health Agency of Canada press release, “Minister of Health Announces More Support for Child and Youth Mental Health Research in Nunavut,” February 4, 2011, available at www.phac-aspc.gc.ca.