Aboriginal Next Steps: Bella Bella

Youth participant quotes:

What did you learn at today's event?

"I learned about the stats on the Aboriginal youth."

"That Claymation is fun and makes learning fun."

What I will do with what I learned today:

"Think of others before myself"

Adult participant quote:

What did you like most about today's event?

"Showing students that the art they create can have a deeper purpose"


[As requested, there are participants missing from this photo]

 

Bella Bella's youth came together for creative community action on March 5, 2008. Originally they chose between 4 Action Planning groups: 1) Substance Use & Abuse 2) Physical & Emotional Health 3) Marginalized (street-involved) youth and 4) Sexual Health. After coming up with their own action plans, they organized themselves into the first 3 topics to make the films.

The Film Premiere was hosted by the Bella Bella Community School.

These youth were very clear about wanting to use existing spaces for creating a safe space for youth to engage in multiple creative activities. Also for the youth to educate each other and the community about youth issues. As many of them are keen students of the videography class and with the technology at their fingertips, I can't wait to see what they create next!

Group 1: Physical & Emotional Health

This thoughtful group talked about the importance of youth who feel alone to reach out to each other and to break down the walls that keep them apart.

Group at the table brainstorming.

Research to Action Plan:

  • Our community goal is...

    A youth centre.

  • If we had up to $5000, our activity/project would be

    To do more for the youth & make it more fun.

  • Describe what you would do...
      Youth centre would have:
    1. Some where to sit and talk
    2. New games (other than b-ball)
    3. A lil café
    4. A swimming pool (indoor)
    5. A rock climbing wall
    6. Stress room
    7. Fitness center
  • In what ways would your project improve community health? (think about protective factors)

    Building the community center is a good way to get everyone involved, and a good way to build relationships.

"Big Wall"

  • Marion Windsor
  • Jae Wilson
  • Aleczandria
  • Jessica Lindberg

Group 2: Substance Use and Abuse

Determined to address this issue, this group wanted to share with the community that Aboriginal youth are making healthier decisions and statistically overall substance use has decreased.

Research to Action Plan:

  • Our community goal is...

    Community awareness that Aboriginal youth is improving in that substance use and abuse have decreased.

  • If we had up to $5000, our activity/project would be

    Starting a youth group is going to create awareness

  • Describe what you would do...

    Connecting with something already happening in the community (eg: heart day, health fairs, events)

"A job WELL done"

  • Jesse
  • Harley

Group 3: Sexual Health

This team planned to create opportunities for community awareness on sexual health. We discussed the results that show that fewer Aboriginal students are having sex, students are waiting longer to have sex, and among the sexually active condom use and practicing safe sex has increased. They wanted to create a film that would showcase how essential it is for sexually active Aboriginal youth to continue making healthy decisions.

Research to Action Plan:

  • Our community goal is...

    Create more community awareness.

  • If we had up to $5000, our activity/project would be
      Health fair at the halls for community
    1. Lots of booths
    2. Activities (clamitia handshake)
    3. Wheel of choices, banana condom race
    4. Short film at the end, improve
    5. Nurses and doctor to answer any questions
  • Describe what you would do...

    Help out with all that

  • In what ways would your project improve community health? (think about protective factors)

    It would raise awareness for STIs, STDs, condom use, pregnancy, the patch! Etc.

  • Who/What would you need to get involved?

    Nurses and props. School, health center, us, maybe a doctor or two.

"No Glove, No Love"

  • Jackie George
  • Jaimie Harris
  • Curtis Campbell
  • MacKenzie Mason
  • Jessica Lindberg

 

Group 4: Marginalized/Street-involved Youth

 

This is the group that dispersed & joined the other 3 to make the films.

We talked about how the statistics increase for most categories (drug use etc) when comparing marginalized youth to youth in school. That the number one reason noted by marginalized youth for why they reported hanging out on the streets was because their friends were on the street. This group wants to create a youth-friendly space with activities so youth feel safe, build friendships and connect with school, community, and family.

Research to Action Plan:

  • Our community goal is...

    Provide opportunities for marginalized youth in Bella Bella.

  • If we had up to $5000, our activity/project would be

    Youth center, store front for education, develop balcony of hall into activity center, find out why moving away seems to help youth continue education.

  • Describe what you would do...

    Internet café, video games, education, volunteerism, no alcohol or drugs, cards/tables for games—chess etc, couches, chairs, match poker/chips, ping pong.

  • In what ways would your project improve community health? (think about protective factors)

    Kids off the streets, develop friends, connect to school/online education, feel safe, volunteers/community.