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NPAAMB Indigenous Youth Employment & Training

Upcoming Events

Mon 30

Urban Indigenous Youth Book Club

Monday September 30 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Oct 28

Urban Indigenous Youth Book Club

Monday October 28 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Nov 14

Opportunity Knocks 2019

Thursday November 14 - Saturday November 16
Nov 25

Urban Indigenous Youth Book Club

Monday November 25 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Dec 30

Urban Indigenous Youth Book Club

Monday December 30 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Upcoming Programs

Tue 24

Oya:na Kitchener/Waterloo Registration Deadline

Tuesday September 24 - Wednesday September 25
Oct 07
Nov 19

Oya:na Fort Erie Registration Deadline

Tuesday November 19 - Wednesday November 20
Jan 06

Oya:na Kitchener/Waterloo Registration Deadline

Monday, January 6, 2020 - Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Jan 06

Oya:na Brantford Registration Deadline

Monday, January 6, 2020 - Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Health is about the whole person, including the mind, body, emotions and spirit. Wellness in Indigenous communities focuses on being in balance and harmony, connecting to nature, family and community. Indigenous youth are especially at risk of suffering from mental health issues and higher suicide rates. 

We want our youth to have the support they need in times of crisis and to know that help is available to them through a number of resources that the communities they live in. 

Do you know the warning signs?

Risk Factors: Any personal trait or environmental quality that could be associated with an increased risk of suicidal behaviour. Risk factors are NOT a cause of suicide.

Examples Include: mental health concerns, depression, non-suicidal self-injury, recent loss of a loved one, family history or suicide, no access to mental health care and/or mental health stigma, adverse life experiences.

Indigenous youth may have other risk factors due to years of colonization, residential schools, child welfare programs, intergenerational trauma, high suicide rates in Indigenous communities, substance abuse and family violence.

Warning Sign: A warning sign is an indication that an individual may be experiencing depression or thoughts of suicide.

Common warning signs of depression: decreased interest in usual activities, withdrawal from friends and family, increased substance abuse, changes in eating and/or sleeping habits, anxiety, risky or manipulative behaviour, mood swings.

Critical warning signs: Seek IMMEDIATE help if someone you know is:

  • expressing a desire to die or saying they are going to kill themselves
  • saying goodbye and/or giving away possessions with no explanation
  • actively seeking lethal means such as guns, pills, knives, etc.
  • talking, posting and/or writing about death and the desire to die on social media or through texts

Fort Erie / Port Colborne

Fort Erie/ Port Colborne


Fort Erie and Area


Path stones Mental Health

24/7, 365 days a year crisis workers available


If someone is in need of immediate attention they can call



(Crisis Outreach And Support Team)

905-972-8338 (24hrs)

Kids Help Phone


Suicide Crisis Line



Following are three crisis lines, two of which are local and one is Canada wide text support which may be a preferred option.

Six Nations Crisis Services

24 hours/7 days a week


St. Leonards Mental Health Crisis Line

24 hours/7 days a week



Crisis Text Line

24 hours/7 days a week

Text messaging: text TALK to 686868 to reach a crisis responder on any text/SMS enabled cell phone

St. Catharines

Coast Niagara

Crisis Outreach & Support Team

Crisis Line (24 Hours)

Distress Centre Niagara

24-hour distress line

St. Catharines / Niagara Falls

Port Colborne / Wainfleet

Fort Erie

Grimsby / West Lincoln

Pathstone Mental Health

Telephone counselling and crisis services for youth


Mental Health & Addictions Access Line

Connect with mental health and/or addictions support


Kids Help Phone

24-hour help for ages five to 20


Niagara Region Sexual Assault Centre

24-hour, 16 & up



Youth Helpline


Crisis Services of Waterloo Region


Distress Line (supportive listening) – KW


Distress Line (supportive listening) – Cambridge