Aboriginal Services

In your community and for your community

Atlantic Youth provides meaningful services, highly customizable and flexible initiatives and interim staffing supports for Aboriginal communities across Canada.   We value trust and tradition, and will listen first; taking the time to truly understand your needs and goals with the utmost respect for the history, autonomy, values and rights of Aboriginal cultures.

Solutions we offer

Youth Programs

“Unboring education.”  That term was first used by a teacher after seeing our approach to youth development.  Using games, activities & initiative tasks that teach; our facilitators engage, have fun and promote positive growth with your students. Our wide portfolio of programs will have your kids laughing and learning at the same time.

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Life:SPACE Designed for: Grades 3 - 12

Life: Social Skills, Problem Solving, Accountability and Character Education.  LifeSPACE is the do-it-all social development program you’ve been looking for that will energize, challenge and change the way your kids will view themselves and their actions.  Activities and games are used constantly to engage students and make learning fun; and natural student behaviour and responses form teachable moments which are central to the program.

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Today’s kids face bullying every day, yet many don’t know what to do about it.  This workshop explores the root causes of bullying including how it impacts the peer group. BullyFree gets to the heart of the matter, exploring why we may feel okay about mistreating someone else and discussing what everyone can do to stop bullying in its tracks.

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CHOiCES Designed for: Students in grades 6 -12

CHOiCES is a harm reduction modeled substance abuse education program for junior and senior high school students.  Using games and activities to make learning fun and help drive home messages coupled with an easy to read, full-color manual; the program challenges norms and common misconceptions about drugs and alcohol.

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Lead Designed for: Student leaders in grades 7-12

Lead is an engaging workshop series for youth that builds teamwork and develops problem solving and interpersonal skills in peer and community leaders.  By working through physical and mental initiatives, participants experience group and individual creativity, camaraderie, accountability and trust. Group activities, games, challenges, and communication initiatives all form the core content of this energizing, fun, stimulating, and meaningful program.

Making Waves

A program designed to move large bodies of students toward change.  Combining the power of school assemblies with the intimacy of small groups, the Making Waves program simply asks the question “What change will you leave behind when you graduate?” Touching on concepts such as equality, responsibility, problem solving and thoughtfulness - this activity-based program consists of a large group assembly and small group follow-up sessions on specific topics selected by school staff.

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Playground Leadership Designed for: students in grades 4 - 9

Lunchtime is often a time of chaos and boredom.  To combat this proactively, consider implementing the Playground Leadership Program. In this sustainable program, a select team of students from higher level grades are trained in problem solving, mediation, activity facilitation and leadership and are given guidelines to work independently with younger students to solve problems, run activities and be a good role model in the school at recess and lunch.

ProblemSolvers Designed for: Groups of kids with a zest for leadership!

ProblemSolvers is a fun and interactive group program for kids that develops leadership and decision-making skills while building confidence and self-esteem. Working with a skilled Child and Youth Care Worker, the group constantly learns new skills and tests themselves by participating in hilarious challenges, innovative initiative tasks, unique mindbenders and other group goals that are directly related to what they just learned.  Turn your kids into ProblemSolvers today!

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Rehtaeh Speaks Designed for: Students, Parents and Teachers

This powerful presentation involves two distinct components.  First, an assembly styled keynote is delivered by Leah Parsons, the mother of Rehtaeh Parsons; a Halifax teen who committed suicide as a result of the devastating effects of cyberbullying.  Second, participants participate in small group breakout sessions where purposeful conversation exchanges help process what was just spoken about.  This memorable and impactful experience will change the way youth see themselves and their actions.  This workshop is available for both adults and youth. 

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The Race is on!  Suitable for even the largest of groups, THINK is our version of The Amazing Race.  This reflective day of teambuilding and community development is a physical and mental challenge we can bring to any location in Canada.  In this day-long event, participants are placed in small groups, racing through a pre-set course of stations. Each station contains a physical challenge, activity or task related to a specific interpersonal skill. To succeed, participants must work together, utilizing those specific skills to succeed.  By combining amazing initiative tasks and group challenges with self-analyzing exercises, this workshop will see your students come together as a group, become more aware of themselves and their experiences and more feel connected as a team.

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Those Girls Designed for: Girls in grades 3 -10

Statistics say the biggest problems in bullying today come from girls. Many schools would agree and tell you they are at odds with how to deal with what has now become their number one social problem: conflicts between girls.  Constant battles, cyclical arguments, irrational thoughts and thinking errors all lead to an uprising in social and relational aggression in girls.  This girl-only program is designed to get to the root of the issues. Using group-building exercises, empathy-based activities and self-reflection, each girl will walk away feeling more secure, more confident, and more aware of their impact on each other.

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Walkbus Designed for: Northern and rural school communities

Designed specifically for isolated, northern, and small rural communities, WalkBus is a coordinated and safe “walk-to-school” program that targets issues such as bullying, vandalism, tardiness, absenteeism and safety.  To facilitate this, we map out the paths and shortcuts students typically take to get to and from school from all over the town, and create a realistic community schedule to get students to school on time, every day.

Adult Workshops

Whether improving specific professional skills or awareness, developing positive teamwork, providing scaffold styled supports or simply human interest, we have workshops and programs for staff, parents and community members that can help.  With a wide variety of topics and entertaining, experienced facilitators, our workshops always leave participants refreshed, motivated and encouraged.

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ASIST is an award-winning program created by Livingworks© which is designed to help normal everyday people develop skills and confidence needed to be able to help people at risk for suicide. Emphasizing structured small-group discussions and practice, the course uses a 20-page workbook and audiovisuals. Participants receive a 152-page Suicide Intervention Handbook.  ASIST is designed to help all caregivers become more ready, willing and able to help persons at risk. Prepared caregivers can help prevent suicide.


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Aware Designed for: Grade 6-12 students Parents, Staff and community

This practical, informative, fun and easy to understand workshop will look at the reality of drugs and alcohol used by youth today. Including topics such as designer and club drugs, over the counter medication, current trends and best practice support skills, this is an essential workshop for any community struggling with drug and alcohol use among their youth.

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Engaging Youth Designed for: parents, staff or community members

This workshop is a fantastic way for staff or parent groups to hone their skills relating to strategies for engaging even the most resistant youth. Focusing on progressive methods and approaches of youth engagement, this interactive and entertaining workshop blends the best of evidence based practice, practice based evidence and tribal wisdom of First Nations together.  Adaptable for any group, participants will have a chance to learn, experience and discuss ways they can incorporate new youth engagement approaches into their own practice.    

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Our One Hour Designed for: Lunch and after school program staff

This training program for school lunch supervisors and after school care staff is truly one of a kind.  Lunch and after school are two times of day when students are at the highest risk for injury or incident, yet they are supervised at the greatest ratio by people who often receive the least training and support.  By encouraging staff to take ownership of their time with the students, they see their job in a whole new light.  Including topics such as behaviour management, lunch room coordination, playground supervision, activity programming, consequences and more; this interactive program will make a difference!

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Pivot Point

A community specific and comprehensive strategy for improving the delivery and effectiveness of local youth-sector services.  Through the course of youth-led conversations, stakeholder audits and comprehensive analysis of existing youth-sector supports, action oriented plans are generated and put in action designed to increase the effectiveness, teamwork, success and viability of youth supports and services. 

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Profession Progression

Need specific information?  This series of workshops is designed for staff and parents on a wide variety of topics relevant to youth.  With a large network of industry professionals with real-life experiences and thoughts, Atlantic Youth is your one stop source for workshops that cut to the chase and deliver sound, current advice.  Available workshop topics include adolescent mental health, violence prevention, self-harm, LGBTQ awareness, substance abuse, youth engagement, self-esteem, social media, parenting, gangs, current youth trends and more. Contact us with your specific needs.

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Teambuilding Designed for: Youth-focused staff teams

While there are many different teambuilding programs available, few seem to focus on building an effective, connected team focusing on the one special thing they all have in common: working with kids.  Our teambuilding workshops will not only have your staff thinking about how they work with each other as a team, but about the interpersonal skills they have and need to have when they work with students. Special attention is given to ways to engage students and address ongoing issues.  Various formats and activity levels are available.


Troubleshooting.  Capacity building.  Restructuring. Schools, communities and organizations amid change may find themselves in need of a fresh pair of eyes.  With this in mind, we offer comprehensive and efficient consulting services designed to meet a variety of organizational goals. We specialize in small and large scale community projects relating to youth; from conceptualization to completion.

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Effective Spaces

A concise and youth-informed assessment designed to increase effective use of youth oriented recreation space, equipment and resources.  Intended for areas such as school yards, play spaces, recreation facilities and youth centres.

Positive Behaviour

Working with front line staff, mechanisms for youth behaviour regulation, celebration and encouragement are examined.  Positive recognition, whole school / community approaches and strength-based, lead management are developed. 

Youth Engagement

Assisting communities, governmental agencies and schools in their goal to develop positive youth engagement strategies and youth-led projects.

Relief Staffing

We understand human resource challenges. We know that people get sick, vacations occur, situations change and things pop up. That’s why we offer interim staff for the youth and social service sector. Our amazing team of experienced, qualified and professional support personnel are available at a moment’s notice. In one phone call, your operation will be back in full swing. 

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Addictions Treatment / Rehab

Specified skill set for facilities offering addiction based services, including outreach and street work

Child and Youth Care Worker

Relational approach, skilled interpersonal professional to work with individual or groups of youth in a variety of capacities.

Child Welfare Staff

Supplemental protection investigators, family or community workers or supervised access staff for departments of community and family services

Custody / Guard

Secure or open custody and care.  Residential shift work, police services, detention facilities and overnight security.

Health Care

Individualized or ward-based care ranging from recreation to social supports

Residential Facility Staff

Residential shift work on the floor in youth at risk group homes, foster care, treatment centres