United Way has partnered with Pathways Community Services to develop an Indigenous Youth Hub. Opening in fall 2018, the Beltline-located Hub will offer a welcome and inclusive gathering place for Indigenous Youth to connect with peers and build positive, informal relationships with Elders in a safe setting.
Pathways, who has been working in Calgary and area since 1988, is leading the development of the Hub under the guidance of Elders and in collaboration with local partners to ensure an array of wholistic supports are offered.
Indigenous youth face unique, complex social challenges that stem from suppressed culture, identity, and spirituality. These complex challenges have had devastating outcomes as evidenced by Indigenous youth suicide rates being 5 to 6 times higher than non-Indigenous youth.
Led by a youth coordinator, Indigenous Youth Steering Council, and youth participants, Indigenous youth are helping with the design of the space so they can claim it as their own and base it on the needs and interests of participants. The Hub may be used for activities such as:
- Connecting to Elders
- Healing and well-being supports
- Indigenous cultural awareness teachings
- Mental health and addictions resources
- Relationship building opportunities
- Youth leadership courses
- Skill building and employment preparation
- Language classes
- Indigenous art classes, drumming circles, and beading sessions
- Recreation opportunities
- Connection to programs and services offered by partner organizations such as Alberta Health Services, Canadian Mental Health Association, and the Calgary Public Library
The Indigenous Youth Hub will engage urban Indigenous youth on a path of healing and well-being to promote truth and reconciliation. A place where hope and sense of belonging are instilled.
Stay tuned for updates as the Hub develops, and in the meantime, take this quick quiz to test your knowledge of Indigenous youth challenges.