Mental Wellness

Mental Wellness Symposium


Mental Wellness Symposium youth delegates Photo: CIHR

As part of the priority initiative The Evidence-Base for Promoting Mental Wellness and Resilience to Address Suicide in Circumpolar Communities, the SDWG hosted a Mental Wellness Symposium on March 25-27 in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada.

The objective of the symposium was to facilitate knowledge transfer and enable the sharing of promising practices on mental health promotion gathered by teams of researchers and communities, with a particular emphasis on Indigenous youth. The event brought together researchers, policymakers, Indigenous communities, representatives of Permanent Participant organizations and representatives of Arctic Council member states, and helped foster both a better understanding of mental health methods that reflect Indigenous practices across the Arctic.

The engagement and participation of youth was an important focus of the symposium go now. Over the course of the three-day event, there was a youth panel discussion on community engagement, cultural values, and the importance of self-awareness. In addition, Aviaq Johnston, a young Iqaluit writer who received the Governor General’s History Award in 2014, provided a testimonial about the challenges faced by Inuit youth. The symposium empowered youth to shape solutions that value traditional knowledge.

Many thanks to the symposium organizers the Government of Nunavut, the Government of Canada and the Inuit Circumpolar Council for their dedication to the project and for ensuring the event was a huge success.

More information on the symposium can be found at

Duane Smith, President of ICC Canada, delivers remarks at the Circumpolar Mental Wellness Symposium


Regional perspectives on mental wellness interventions in various settings (Part 1) 

Regional perspectives on mental wellness interventions in various settings (Part 2) 


Research findings, conclusions, and future perspectives:“Mental Well-Being and Suicide Prevention in Circumpolar Communities: Developing the Evidence Base and Identifying Promising Practices”

Panel: Making policy relevant to the needs and priorities of communities 



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