The STRATEGY for Safety, Well-being, and Belonging

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Indigenous youth share their stories to build a better future

The STRATEGY for Safety, Well-being and Belonging is a multi-year project funded by Public Safety Canada with the goal of developing a plan that addresses the needs identified by Indigenous youth. It aims to implement pilot projects that increase the safety and well-being of urban Indigenous youth through a lens of crime prevention and providing direct low-barrier programming.

The priorities identified aim to be implemented over the next two to four years. The objective is for Indigenous and other community organizations to take ownership over these pilot projects to provide sustainable and long-term support for the well-being and belonging of urban Indigenous communities in the Greater Montreal area. The STRATEGY reflects a continued commitment to listen to community needs and bring together the necessary resources to create systems and services that meet these needs.

The STRATEGY report is the product of several years of primary and secondary research as well as various consultations with Indigenous youth, Elders and Support workers. It outlines the NETWORK’s research process and discusses obstacles and barriers as well as solutions and recommendations to three main identified themes:

  1. Safety and self-care
  2. Priorities and basic needs
  3. Youth Protection and systemic change

The report amplifies the voices of Indigenous youth, who shared stories as well as lived experiences and who generously identified ways in which change is possible.

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Calling out for projects 

Now officially launched, our next step is to host pilot projects that address the needs identified in the STRATEGY recommendations (see the Community Report on pages 28-31). As one of the core principles of the STRATEGY is Indigenous youth governance, Indigenous youth and the NETWORK’s Youth Advisors are invited to send us their project ideas by emailing us at:

Other entities are also welcomed to pitch their ideas, although we will be prioritizing projects led by Indigenous youth. An assessment of projects will be made on a case by case basis. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 

What are the roles and responsibilities of a Youth Advisor? Will I be paid for my participation?

Youth Advisors help to guide the NETWORK in creating pilot projects that are focused on the needs of youth like you. You will be asked to participate in meetings, trainings, consultation sessions, gatherings, plannings, etc. approximately once every month, and paid $20/hour for your time. Occasionally, you may be asked to attend additional meetings or review documents. Typically, Youth Advisors will be paid on the day of a meeting or event. However, Youth Advisors who participate in the project over 10 hours per month must submit an invoice at the end of each month and will be paid by direct deposit.

Can anyone become a Youth Advisor?

To qualify as a Youth Advisor with the NETWORK you need to be an Indigenous person currently residing in the Greater Montreal Area and be between 12-35 years old. Youth Advisors are paid $20/hour for meetings, trainings and consultation sessions.

Would I be considered as an employee?

No. Youth Advisors are not considered employees of The NETWORK nor are Youth Advisors representatives of the organization. You will be remunerated and paid as a consultant of this project. For consultants, The NETWORK does not pay into unemployment, retirement, disability, or any other benefits. The NETWORK can however provide a reference in your future employment search.

What is in it for me?

This is an opportunity to get involved and grow with other like minded youth. The NETWORK provides various paid trainings and workshops specifically for Youth Advisors to learn new skills. Invest in your professional, personal, and spiritual development by helping us on social media, assisting with event planning, partaking in facilitation training, and more!

How do I become a Youth Advisor? If I have a friend who is interested, what can they do?

If you or someone you know are interested in becoming a youth advisor please contact: 

I have a project idea that supports Indigenous youth. Who can I talk to about it?

You can get in touch with the NETWORK and we can set up a meeting to discuss  your youth project in more depth. You can send an email to: 

I have funding, contacts, training, equipment, event space, etc. to contribute towards the STRATEGY, how can I get involved?

We welcome diverse ways of contributing to the STRATEGY. Please contact us to set up a meeting: 

Do you offer emergency services or funding?

The NETWORK does not provide emergency services or funding. One of the STRATEGY recommendations for the future is to develop emergency funds/services offered by a collaborating organization. For emergency services, contact :



Anonymous information line (MMIWG2S+).




Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay

WIICHIHIIWAAUWIN Mental health line

1-833-632-HELP (4357)



National Inquiry MMIWG

An independent, toll-free support line to provide support for anyone who requires assistance




National Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line

For survivors and their family members 



Hope for Wellness

Phone line available 24/7 to Indigenous peoples in Canada




Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Helpline

Telephone counseling for northerners in crisis. Toll-free number outside of Iqaluit.



Keep reading

The NETWORK continuously creates new material to transfer knowledge to the general public. You can consult our advocacy, awareness-building and educational tools as well as other NETWORK-initiated research reports in our resource section.