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This is an optional add-on to the Northern Stars Youth Conference which consists of the Pumpin' Positive Vibes keynote presentation and six workshops.
Arctic Missions Outreach Trust Fund has been active in the Eastern Arctic for almost 50 years. The organization has played an integral part in the transistion of the Inuit of Nunavik by, among other things, developing government, business and church leaders which in turn develops communities.
Our culturally sensitive Conference addresses some of the needs and concerns identified by Makavik, KRG, the Regional Health Board and researchers, as well as other issues relevant to all youth everywhere.
The Conference addresses root issues of substance (drug & alcohol) use and abuse thereby preventing & reducing crime & violence. It can be a valuable tool to help create healthier and safer Northern communities.
The conference consists of a 60 minute keynote presentation, six 90 to 120 minute interactive workshops and one 60-90 minute group Art Therapy session.
Respecting cultural distinctions these powerful conference topics are presented within the framework of traditional ways and provide a holistic approach addressing complex and underlying social and cultural issues that face Inuit youth. This holistic approach is sure to improve the mental, spiritual, emotional and physical well-being of your youth. It will also reduce self-harm and harm to others associated with negative choices and bring balance to their lives. Given the cultural value upon openness and honest sharing, healing and sharing circles may be used to bring well-being, healing and health.
The conference will assist these future leaders in overcoming their personal struggles and foster human development. It will help them to help themselves and to help others.
“A demanding figure”
- J. Hurley
“I think this is one of our best assemblies”
- Liz Smit, OSAID President
"He shared positive points that the youth can take and use in their own personal lives. (T)hey were hearing his positive messages." -- Read More
- Rhonda Doxator, C.A.R.A. Program
“The student body really enjoyed the presentation. Your message is very clear and at the level our students understand.”
- Janet Read
“The crowd was mesmerized...you have an excellent way of making kids listen”-- Read More
- Dan Mireanu, OSAID President
“Mixing humour and hard-hitting reality”
- Shoal Lake, Manitoba
“The speaker stresses that young people have to make their own decisions and not do just what their peers are doing”
- Sara Sanchez - Stratford, ON
“Garry delivers his reality in an impactful and effective manner. Our residents are captivated by his message. I recommend Garry as an excellent speaker.”
- Barb Forbes
“Overall, we found that the tone of your presentation was well suited for your audience, as humorous anecdotes were always followed by a serious dose of reality.” -- Read More
- Mike Volsey
“Awesome...really good...cool...speaking from his experience” -- Read More
- Y. Adams, (Excerpts)
“Your presentation was fantastic and thoroughly enjoyed by all.” -- Read More
- McNab Student Council & Ms. D. Brown
“Whyte offered powerful information to the audience”
- The Halo
Art therapy, sometimes called creative arts therapy or expressive arts therapy, encourages people to express and understand emotions through artistic expression and through the creative process.
Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses art materials, such as paints, chalk and markers. Art therapy combines traditional psychotherapeutic theories and techniques with an understanding of the psychological aspects of the creative process, especially the affective properties of the different art materials.
Art therapy involves the creation of art in order to increase awareness of self and others. This in turn may bring inner healing, promote personal development, increase coping skills, and enhance cognitive function. It is based on personality theories, human development, psychology, family systems, and art education.
One of the major differences between art therapy and other forms of communication is that most other forms of communication elicit the use of words or language as a means of communication. Often times, youth are incapable of expressing themselves within this limited range.
One of the beauties of art as therapy is the ability for a person to express his/her feelings through any form of art. Though there are other types of expressive therapies (such as the performing arts), expressive art therapy typically utilizes more traditional forms of art… such as painting, drawing, sculpture, or a variety of other types of visual art expression. We utilize drawing primarily.
For general questions or to book please fill out the form or call 226.224.7272.
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