Life Skills Journey for Metis Children: Pilot Implementation

Participants: Buffalo Lake Metis Settlement, University of Alberta Faculty of Extension, MARS Lab

Summer/Fall 2013

The Life Skills Journey program is a community-grounded life skills training program that also focuses on substance abuse and bullying prevention. The program was developed by the Buffalo Lake Metis Settlement advisory committee and University of Alberta partners. The project team hopes to share this program across all Metis Settlements.

Life Skills Journey will teach children about self esteem, communication, and respect for differences. The program will also teach children how to be positive community members and kin, how to say no to peer pressure, skills to stand up to bullies, and strategies to deal with grief in a healthy way.

The MARS Lab will provide research, technical and training support for this project to enable community members to include text messaging as part of the communication strategy for the Life Skills Journey program.

Funding for the project comes from Alberta Centre for Child, Family, and Community Research.  The project is being led by Dr. Fay Fletcher from the University of Alberta.

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The program will be delivered and evaluated during the summer of 2013 for 7-10 year olds at Buffalo Lake and Kikino Metis Settlements.