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Brighter Futures

The Brighter Futures is made up of five components; Mental Health, Youth Development, Parenting, Community Health and Injury Prevention. These are the guidelines we follow in the Brighter Futures program to help the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nations obtain community-based programs to help the well being of the Youth and Community.

Mental Health
The goal of this component is to promote the development of healthy communities through community-based mental health programs, services and/or activities. Information and awareness activities on a variety of topics (ex.: depression, family violence and stress management), counselling services and wellness activities (ex.: a course in traditional shawl making and recreational activities) are some of the ways communities have promoted the health of their community.

Child Development
This component aims to ensure that children receive the nurturing they need to reach their full potential. A wide variety of community-based programs and activities have been funded under this component, such as school breakfast programs, a math learning program, a parent-child crafts program, after-school programs (ex.: a drama club and a computer club), school-based "Stop Bullying" sessions, cultural heritage activities (ex.: teaching of traditional throat singing) and toy lending libraries.

The aim of this component is to promote culturally-sensitive parenting skills. A variety of activities have been funded through this component and include parenting workshops, parenting training programs and a support group for parents and child conflict.

Healthy Babies
To improve the health and well-being of mothers and babies is the aim of this component. A variety of activities are eligible for funding, such as pre- and post-pregnancy services and pregnancy-related education. For instance, education about breastfeeding, the importance of healthy eating, regular medical examinations and the avoidance of drugs, alcohol and tobacco during pregnancy are all examples of pregnancy-related education activities.

Injury Prevention
As the title suggests, the goal of this component is to prevent injuries. Examples of activities funded include first-aid and CPR training, water, fire and bicycle safety workshops, awareness campaigns and promotion of the use of seat belts and car seats.

For more information about Brighter Futures programming, contact:

Myles Baldhead, Brighter Futures Coordinator
Phone: (306) 467-4402

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