Indian Country 52 #50 – Bullying
““Several themes regarding these (serious) challenges emerged from the voices of the youth,” O’Soup said.
“What is striking about these themes is the reflection of the raw, yet honest accounts of how these young people see the issue of suicide due to their direct and indirect experiences with it.”
Among the themes O’Soup heard from the youth were the impact of bullying and cyberbullying, the lack of emotional support and the impact of substance misuse.
He also said the youth were concerned with the lack of physical safety, a lack of activities and the impact on emotional and mental wellness.
“They are calling for a stop to bullying and substance misuse, and increased positive support, physical safety, and meaningful activities for youth,” O’Soup said.
“Improving the mental health system to make it more accessible and applicable to youth was also identified as requiring action.””
– Global News, Sask. children’s advocate raises alarm bells over Indigenous youth suicide rate.
“AI/AN students across the country attend K-12 and post secondary schools that still maintain racist and derogatory mascots. Research shows that these team names and mascots can establish an unwelcome and hostile learning environment for AI/AN students. It also reveals that the presence of AI/AN mascots directly results in lower self-esteem and mental health for AI/AN adolescents and young adults. And just as importantly, studies show that these mascots undermine the educational experience of all students, particularly those with little or no contact with indigenous and AI/AN people. In other words, these stereotypical representations are too often understood as factual representations and thus “contribute to the development of cultural biases and prejudices.””
– Center for American Progress, Missing the Point.
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