The Climate Crisis and Youth Mental Health Research Project

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The Climate Crisis Research Project and Youth Mental Health

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Topic: Youth Mental Health and Climate Crisis Research Program- Talking Circle Focus Group

Time: Aug 10, 2022 02:00 PM America/Toronto

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ON- NEIHR & 2-Spirited People of the 1st Nation

The Climate Crisis Research Project and Youth Mental Health

The climate crisis is affecting communities worldwide and poses a special risk to the health and wellbeing of current and future generations. Changes to climate and environment greatly impact the Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island, with access to food, clean water, and employment being affected. Indigenous Peoples are both the traditional caretakers and land defenders of Turtle Island, and yet, their voices have not been included in decision-making on policy related to reducing the impacts of climate change.

Indigenous youth are growing up with the consequences of governments ignoring the health of the earth. The scary reality of the impacts the climate crisis has on youth’s current well-being, and their future well-being can have effects on mental health. Despite being a great concern, the climate crisis’ impact on Indigenous youth's mental health has not been widely studied.

Research Questions

1. What are the understandings of Indigenous youth regarding the impact of the climate crisis on mental health?

2. What are the intersections of Indigenous youth's mental health, wellness, and climate crisis?

We want to give Indigenous youth a platform to share their experiences with the climate crisis and mental health to amplify their voices in discussions on climate change initiatives and policies. To do this, we would like youth to create short plays based on their experiences alongside a theatre arts specialist. To participate in this project, there are seven events you will need to attend. Please see the table below:

Activity Date (Time) Location

Theatre Workshop 1

Led by Lena Recollet August 16th (2pm – 4pm) 2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations

2126 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON, M4C 1J9

Theatre Workshop 2

Led by Lena Recollet August 17th (2pm – 4pm) 2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations

2126 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON, M4C 1J9

Theatre Workshop 3

Led by Lena Recollet August 24th (2pm – 4pm) 2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations

2126 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON, M4C 1J9

Rehearsal 1

Led by Lena Recollet August 25th (2pm – 4pm) 2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations

2126 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON, M4C 1J9

Rehearsal 2

Led by Lena Recollet September 27th (2pm – 3pm) 2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations

2126 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON, M4C 1J9

Presentation of the plays! September 28th (2pm – 3pm) Native Canadian Centre Toronto

16 Spadina Rd, Toronto

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