The FNHA has launched a social media contest to engage and support youth wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic. The five-week contest focuses on a different theme each week and aims to encourage young people to pursue their favourite activities by providing them with a little extra incentive.
The campaign's five themes are geared towards promoting the five pillars of health for youth during the pandemic:
Each week, youth can share a photo, video or artwork of how they're staying well to win a $100 pre-paid VISA Gift Card and a cultural prize. They just need to tag us on Instagram @FNHA and use the hashtag #FNHAWellnessWithin.
Plus, they'll be entered into the Grand Prize draw for a $500 pre-paid Visa® Gift Card!
The cultural prizes include a painted drum, a cedar hat, cedar headbands and bracelets and carved wooden boxes, all of which have been gifted by local Indigenous artists and the Tsow-Tun Le Lum Society. See the Get Well & Win fact sheet for a description of the weekly cultural prizes.
Three New Youth Profiles
The Youth and COVID-19 campaign on FNHA.ca features three new Indigenous youth profiles: Jordanna Roesler of the Dene First Nation, Taylor Ackerman of the Cowichan Tribes and Adam Gauthier of the Tla'amin First Nation, who is also a youth coordinator for the Vancouver Island region at the FNHA. Their stories aim to inspire and support young people to stay mentally and emotionally well during the pandemic with messages, advice, personal videos and youth resources.
The campaign highlights several themes for keeping well. For example, Jordanna shares how she gets perspective. “I maintain balance by finding time to exercise, spending time in nature and talking to loved ones," she says.
Other themes for keeping well include getting centred and getting rooted in culture by getting out on the land. “The land has always been central to the wellness and culture of Indigenous People," says Adam. “Deepening connections to the land – and practising ways to channel land and nature as sources of health and resilience – benefits all our relations."
For more information about the youth campaign and to watch the youth videos, visit Youth and COVID-19.