The Atlantic First Nations Online Workshop

The Atlantic First Nations Online Workshop held on March 9 was a heartfelt celebration of community and the legacy of Eva Sock, who passed away on January 28, 2023. Eva was dedicated to her home community of Elsipogtog First Nation, and since 2020 served on the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities (ASI), building relationships with Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals, communities, and organizations with the belief that we need to work together to improve the health and well-being of our children, youth, families, and communities. In acknowledgment of her contributions, the ASI Board dedicated this workshop to her memory.

This workshop was important to Eva as one expression of our work together. Thank you to Miranda Pierro, Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat for partnering with ASI to host the workshop and to her colleagues Ken Long and Elizabeth Camus for facilitation; to Elder Judy Clark, Abegweit First Nation for the healing words she shared in her Opening Prayer, and to Roxanne Sappier, Tobique First Nation for her dedication to Eva – sharing memories of her as an empathic mother and strong warrior – a force who left us with a tremendous legacy.

Thank you to all who participated in the workshop, for your reflections and for picking up the torch!

We have work ahead – together. With acknowledgement of the contributions of Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier, Lead Facilitator; Malcolm Shookner, ASI Board President; and Mandy Walker, Knowledge Translation Specialist, Patsy Beattie-Huggan, ASI Coordinator.

PEI Community Workshop!

The Atlantic Summer Institute (ASI) wants to give a huge THANK YOU to the Community Sector Network of PEI for their support and partnership in organizing the PEI Community Workshop! Thank you to CBC Prince Edward Island for the coverage:…/pei-non-profit-workshop-1.6778450

Special thanks to Alexia Riche, the Executive Director of the PEI Sector Council, for her hard work and dedication in facilitating the community workshop in Charlottetown. Her efforts ensured the success of the workshop and made it possible for us to come together to share our ideas, energy, and collaborations.
We’re thrilled with the outcome of the workshop and the inspiring contributions that emerged from the participants. We’re excited to see what the future holds and to continue working together to make a positive impact in our communities.

We express our gratitude to everyone who participated and contributed to this amazing event. Thank you for making this workshop such a success! We look forward to future collaborations and endeavors in creating more #upsteam investments in the #mentalhealth and well-being of infants, children and youth.

Online Labrador Workshop in partnership with the Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities (ASI)

Congratulations to the Labrador Friendship Centre for such an amazing job in hosting the Online Labrador Workshop in partnership with the Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities (ASI) on March 7th!

We are grateful to Alicia Neville and Jade Rachwal for reaching out through their networks to promote the event and want to thank those who attended and those who contributed to the program: Elder Maria Merkuratsuk who opened the workshop; to Jade who showcased the SHIELD Project, a great example of an #upstream initiative in Labrador.

Hats off to our lead facilitator Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier and break-out room facilitators, Ashley Martin (Community Service Worker, Labrador Friendship Centre), and Jill Elson (Community Outreach Worker, Labrador Friendship Centre) who engaged participants in discussing key questions about how the ASI Policy Brief could support community resilience and the #mentalhealth promotion of infants, children, and youth. Many concerns unique to the north came to the forefront and stories were told from the heart. It was informative and emotional – definitely welcoming! ASI looks forward to future engagement with our new partners in Labrador.

ASI Community Workshop in St. Johns, with the Community Sector Council of Newfoundland and Labrador

What an amazing time we had at the ASI Community Workshop in St. Johns, NL on February 24th! We were so grateful to partner with the Community Sector Council of Newfoundland and Labrador to make it happen. Participants of all ages (18-75) brought their unique perspectives on promoting mental health for infants, children, and youth.

We loved seeing the local projects that were showcased! They sparked some fantastic conversations about investing upstream from the perinatal period through the entire lifespan, as the ASI Policy Brief recommends. ? We couldn’t have done it without the amazing planning and tech support from Lindsey Hynes, Kellee Strang, and the Go Getters from CSC. Special thanks to Cathy Newhook and her team from the Harris Centre, Mandy Rowsell and Stephanie LeGresley, for bringing Knowledge Translation Specialist, Mandy Walker into the room via Zoom so she could capture the essence of the workshop.
The ASI Board, Coordinator Patsy Beattie-Huggan, and local Board members Maggie Snow and Karen Clarke are excited to explore future initiatives with our new partners in St. John’s! Thank you all!!
Learn more about our workshops going on throughout Atlantic Canada in Feb – Mar:…/asi-community-workshops…/

Workshop in Petit-Rocher, New Brunswick.

We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to support last week’s community workshop on #upstreaminvestment in infant, child, and youth #mentalhealth promotion in Petit-Rocher, New Brunswick. A huge thank you to Arianne Melara Orellana for her organization, facilitation, and appreciation for star volunteers Marco LeBlanc, Chantal Rieswick, and Nora Godin. The meaningful discussions on mental #healthpromotion expanded our sensitivities to the needs of new immigrants. Participants commented on the day’s #success and the number of new people they met, and all agreed that they should meet again. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped make this a memorable workshop!

Learn more about our #communityworkshop series in #AtlanticCanada:…/asi-community-workshops…/

#ASI #healthycommunities #upstreaminvestment #mentalhealth

Regional Fall Workshop hosted by Raising the Villages

It was truly inspiring to see the community come together for the Regional Fall Workshop hosted by Raising the Villages in Port Hawkesbury last December as part of our Community Workshop Series! With almost 60 attendees from various sectors and regions across Cape Breton, Unamaki, and beyond, it was a day of learning, networking, and collaboration. A big thank you goes to Mawita’mk Society, Flourish at X, StFX University, Bay St Lawrence Community Centre, and Judique Spirit Spartan Group for their support and participation in the workshop. It was a successful and meaningful day that paved the way for more collaborative efforts to promote infant, child, youth, and community mental health.
To learn more about our Community Workshop Series and when one will be in your community in Atlantic Canada, please visit:…/asi-community-workshops…/