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Petition to Government of the Northwest Territories, Minister of Education Alfred Moses

Reform Mental Health Education in the Northwest Territories

There is no education without good mental health. And yet, for many students from elementary school to post-secondary school, the struggle to deal with mental health challenges and disabilities in order to access and manage an education is real. When we respect the brain, brain health and brain and learning differences, a lot is possible.We need to start mental health infusion in the elementary grades when many challenges with mental health become evident. The education system has a crucial role to play in child and youth mental health awareness, suicide intervention and prevention, resource awareness and skill development. 1 in 5: One in five students has a mental health challenge or disability. 5 in 5:  Five out of five of us is affected.  We can all make a difference in child and youth suicide intervention and prevention and mental health awareness and education. We all have responsibility for supporting young people. We have a lot of work to do to tackle the very real stigma and taboos surrounding mental illness. A mental health credit course allows the door to open for those who are struggling in silence and shame. A measure of a society is how we take care of each other. We’ve got to take better care of each other. We are asking the GNWT & the Ministers of Education to provide the funding and resources necessary to create a consistent and comprehensive mental health course in secondary schools. We can all make a difference in the lives of youth and young adults. We are asking you to stand up for youth and for the education, health, and lives of our students.

Northern Minds
24 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to (HWDSB)

Name school - Nikola Tesla Secondary School

Picture is of school to be named.  School construction is well underway.  School to open September 2019.  Encyclopedia Britannica lists Nikola Tesla as one of the top ten most fascinating people in history. So why is he virtually unknown to the general public.   Nikola Tesla’s contributions to science and technology include the invention or contribution to the AC electrical system, radio, television, radio-astronomy, remote control and robotics, radar, medical x-ray and the wireless transmission of electricity. Many of Nikola Tesla’s inventions were considered too revolutionary by government agencies and the power brokers of the time.  Nikola Tesla's inventions and body of knowledge are inspirational to students.  Once they learn about him, they are inspired.  We need to educate our youth on the foundation of today's technology.  The hydro-electric system that powers the whole world is a prime example of his technological superiority.   Naming a school in his honour will educate and inspire the students to learn more and advance his body of knowledge with new and/or enhancement of his inventions.  The City of Hamilton ON, Canada has already recognized Nikola Tesla's contribution to the city in 1898, when it became the 1st major city in Canada to be electrified using Tesla's AC polyphose system. The development earned the city the name "The Electric City". Hamilton has named a major street, Nikola Tesla Boulevard and "Put Tesla on the Map." Thanks to hundreds of people from around the world, and the thousand who attended fund raisers,  Nikola Tesla Education (NTEC) was able to raise the necessary funds to pay for the name change. NTEC is using the excess funds to offer scholarships and awards in Nikola Tesla's name.   Now let's put Tesla in the minds and hearts of our youth.  Let us inspire the youth to follow in Nikola Tesla's  innovative spirit and mind.  Help us, (NTEC) to achieve this next step.  The school will be named late 2018.  The exact date has not been  announced.  So please act now as we may have to act quickly once the date for submissions is announced. We need to demonstrate to the school board that Tesla is relevant and important, locally, nationally and/or internationally.  We can accomplish this with your support.  Please sign the petition and leave your comments.  Anyone in the whole world can support this cause. Someday we hope that there will be school all over the world in his name.  Ps.  Donation request after your signature does NOT go to NTEC.  Do not donate any funds as part of this process.

Nikola Tesla Educational
2,781 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau, Mitzie Hunter, Granville Anderson, Marianne Mazzorato, Carmel Murphy, Department of Education, Jacquie Brown, Sue Steer, Susan Sweet, Andreanne Fleck Saito

Provide Mental Health Support for Suffering Students

In Canada, mental illness is a serious issue amongst young people. Intentional self harm is one of the leading causes of death in Canadians under 34. 1 in 5 people in Canada experience a mental health illness or problem. Only 1 in 5 students that need mental health services receive them.  The stigma surrounding mental illness is caused by lack of education and leads to lack of support. Because of this, many students don’t have easy access to mental health services or don’t seek them out due to fear or shame. Teenage years are an overwhelming time in a person’s life and signs of mental illness are not uncommon, with 60% of students surveyed experiencing suicidal thoughts. But the mental health of teenagers often isn’t taken seriously and they are labeled as moody, dramatic, and hormonal. Students do not feel as though high schools are doing enough about this issue and the Colleges and universities are struggling to meet their students’ demands for mental health services and agree that high schools should be doing more. There should be more mental health support, education/awareness, and treatment offered in high schools to help students through their teenage years and better prepare them for their post secondary path. We are calling on the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board in Ontario to set an example for the rest of Canada. We want to see better mental health education for all secondary students. This includes educating students on different mental illnesses, warning signs, tips for improving mental health, and how to be sensitive and supportive of friends and family living with a mental illness. This should be provided through in-school assemblies and written into the curriculum. This would also help teachers be more understanding towards students living with depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses. Lastly, there should be at least one accessible mental health care professional in every school in the board, whom students can trust and confide in. They should be available 5 days a week during school hours, and should be available to all students. This is essential for all students to be able to seek help or express their concerns in a safe, supportive, and judgment-free environment.     Au Canada, la maladie mentale est un problème grave chez les jeunes. L'automutilation intentionnelle est l'une des principales causes de décès chez les Canadiens de moins de 34 ans. Au Canada, une personne sur cinq souffre d'une maladie ou d'un problème de santé mentale. La stigmatisation entourant la maladie mentale est causée par le manque d'éducation et conduit à un manque de soutien. Pour cette raison, de nombreux étudiants n'ont pas facilement accès aux services de santé mentale ou ne les recherchent pas à cause de la peur ou de la honte. Les années d'adolescence sont une période accablante dans la vie d'une personne et les signes de maladie mentale ne sont pas rares. Mais la santé mentale des adolescents n'est souvent pas prise au sérieux et ils sont étiquetés comme maussades, dramatiques et hormonaux. Les étudiants n'ont pas l'impression que les écoles secondaires en font assez et que les collèges et les universités ont du mal à répondre aux demandes de leurs étudiants en services de santé mentale et conviennent que les écoles secondaires devraient faire plus. Il devrait y avoir plus de soutien en santé mentale, d'éducation / sensibilisation et de traitement offerts dans les écoles secondaires pour aider les élèves tout au long de leur adolescence et mieux les préparer à poursuivre leurs études postsecondaires. Nous demandons au conseil scolaire catholique du district de Dufferin Peel en Ontario de donner l'exemple au reste du Canada. Nous voulons une meilleure éducation en santé mentale pour tous les élèves du secondaire. Cela comprend l'éducation des étudiants sur différentes maladies mentales, des signes avant-coureurs, des conseils pour améliorer la santé mentale, et comment être sensible et soutenir les amis et la famille vivant avec une maladie mentale. Cela devrait être fourni par le biais des assemblées scolaires et inscrit dans le programme d'études. Cela aiderait également les enseignants à mieux comprendre les étudiants qui vivent avec la dépression, l'anxiété et d'autres maladies mentales. Enfin, il devrait y avoir au moins un professionnel de la santé mentale accessible dans chaque école du conseil scolaire, à qui les élèves peuvent faire confiance et se confier. Ils devraient être disponibles cinq jours par semaine pendant les heures de classe. Ceci est essentiel pour que tous les élèves puissent demander de l'aide ou exprimer leurs préoccupations dans un environnement sûr, favorable et sans jugement.

Cole Brillert
259 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to Veterans Affairs Canada

Educational Opportunities for Reintegrating Veterans

When you hear the term ‘veteran’ you might think of an older, grey-haired man that served in WWII or Korea, but not many of us consider the young ones coming back from our more recent and ongoing conflicts, and the struggles they face when leaving military life. Are these veterans being given real and fair opportunities for continuing their education in post-secondary studies? I would argue that Veterans Affairs Canada is not being fair with their distribution of educational assistance to veterans in need. The regulations of them requiring a soldier to have served 5 years are based solely on time served and not sacrifice made, which could be very frustrating to many vets. VAC is also a bureaucratic maze to navigate, especially for those not computer-literate. General Jonathan Vance stated, though in a separate context, a thought which I think should be applied to this case: "We have to be able to do what we've got to do. But we also have to think in terms of the value of the individual is not just deployability" (Brewster, 2017). This quote is significant because many veterans feel as though once they are finished with their service, their country simply pats them on the back and shows them the door by dropping some benefits package in their lap, or none at all, and then leaving them to fend for themselves. Their personal value, sense of worth, and belonging is not being met with the respect it deserves.  

Riley Rankin
98 supporters