Navigating today’s world for youth can be complicated and challenging. Shifting from the teen years to young adulthood requires young people to be equipped with the tools to build resilience, feel comfortable and confident having conversations about what is going on in their lives, and monitor their wellness. Understanding health, mental health and the connection between them are not always evident. Having a place to learn, chat and engage is essential as pandemic isolation impacts youth mental health.

This online hub is where Métis youth can interact, share and exchange. The hub will have one-stop access to navigators, youth council representatives, traditional knowledge keepers, specialists and monthly guest visitors. We want to ensure that Métis youth have a safe landing space to talk and gather mental health information and support in a culturally safe environment.

Stay tuned as each month we gather to chat about topics such as: Substance Use, Living Life Online Social Media and Mental Health, Self Confidence, Youth Outdoor Challenges, Creating Safe and Inclusive Spaces for LGBTQ2S Teens, Weaving Métis Culture Into Your Wellness, How To Stay Safe During a Mental Health Crisis and Environmental Stewardship and Mental Wellness.

Thursday, January 20th, 2022
Time: 7:30 – 8:30 PM EST
Age group: 14 – 17
Session Name: Substance Use Awareness and Trivia for Teens
Join us for an interactive evening on all things substance use!

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Thursday, January 27th, 2022
Time: 7:30 – 8:30 PM EST
Registration: TBC
Age Group: 11 – 13
Session Name: Social Pressures and Substance Use Awareness for Tweens
Join us for a fun interactive game on how to navigate social pressures and substance use.

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a photo of Taylor Rawson
Taylor Rawson

Speaker for both sessions:

Taylor Rawson is a school-based counsellor with Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services where she provides support to high school and senior elementary school students and their parents. Taylor has been in this role for two years and previously worked in developmental services as a case manager and in enhanced supportive housing programs for managed opioid treatment. She currently holds a bilingual bachelor’s degree in criminology and psychology from the University of Ottawa.