Cuystwi means “let’s go!” (Stl’atl’imx). This graphic recording is about indigenous youth starting their wellness journey. The session was “Beginning Our Wellness Journey – with Gerry Oleman and Asia Youngman”, presented by Cuystwi and the UBC Learning Circle in January. Read all about the session here: http://learningcircle.ubc.ca/2015/09/beginning-our-wellness-journey/
These Learning Series are broadcast for webinars, so you can tune in from anywhere for free. And, it’s also videobroadcast to certain locations: I loved seeing the group of young people from Takla Landing waving to us here on Musqueam territories.
You can sign up for the second series in February here:
What is Cuystwi?
“The Cuystwi program evolved started from conversations with First Nations in northern British Columbia about their concerns regarding youth suicide.
“It was suggested that if youth could have a platform to explore their identities and cultures as Indigenous peoples, as well as understand colonization and how the on-going cumulative impacts affect our people and families, that they may have a stronger foundation to depend on when encountering difficult periods in their lives.
“The Cuystwi quests emphasize themes of identity, culture, understanding colonization, tools to deal with racism, healthy relationships, sexual health, and an invitation to become a young warrior. The quests have an on-line component meant to introduce topics to be facilitated to Indigenous youth by youth workers, health workers, and educators within existing community programming.” ~ Cuystwi
Session 2 information from the website:
Please join us in Part 2 of our Youth Wellness Series in our conversation around Healing tools and methods for our youth. In this session Gerry Oleman and Asia Youngman of Indigenous Youth Wellness who will discuss what is healing, traditional healing, other methods of healing, and music for healing.