Métis Settlement Youth Life Skills

The University of Alberta and participating Métis Settlements have been working together since 2009 to develop and deliver youth life skills programming through the Métis Settlements Life Skills Journey (MSLSJ) program. The MSLSJ program aims to increase life skills awareness in a culturally appropriate manner, building internal strengths and community support with the purpose of addressing substance abuse, violence, and bullying. Since 2013, over 550 children aged 7-14 from seven Métis Settlements: Buffalo Lake, Elizabeth, Fishing Lake, East Prairie, Gift Lake, Peavine, and Kikino have participated and over 66 facilitators have been trained, 60 of whom have come from these seven Métis Settlements!    

To learn more about MSLSJ, please visit the website here.

Program Assistant Manual

The Program Assistant Manual was developed by MSLSJ staff to support community leaders planning and implementing facilitator training and camp. The manual contains life skills modules lesson plans, camp and training logistic documents, and camp forms. 

Read the Manual here.

Mindfulness Practice

The Mindfulness Manual was developed by Ellen Robertson for the Métis Settlements Life Skills Journey Program. It contains an introduction to mindfulness and why mindfulness practice can be beneficial to children. The manual offers mindfulness exercises and scripts that focus on mindful breathing, body, and eating. 

Read the document here.

Facilitator Manual

The Facilitator Manual was developed by MSLSJ staff based on modules identified by the Buffalo Lake Advisory Committee. This manual serves as a program training and delivery resource for community-based staff facilitating youth programming. It contains life skill module activities, instructions, and supply lists.

Read the Manual here.

Digital Storytelling Manual

The Digital Storytelling Guidebook was developed by the MSLSJ team for community-based staff delivering digital storytelling workshops. This guidebook contains a step-by-step process of planning and delivering digital storytelling programming and includes supply lists, sample schedules, and mental health considerations. 

Read the Manual here.