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Northern Jack Summit FAQ

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  • What is the Northern Jack Summit?

    We know that there is a severe lack of mental health services readily available in the North, and what services are available are predominantly in the capital cities. Suicide among First Nations youth is 5 to 6 times higher than non-Indigenous youth. The average wait time for services covered by healthcare is 5 to 6 months, and often what is offered lacks cultural sensitivity and competence. Things need to change. Enter, Northern Jack Summit.

    The summit will address the needs of those in Northern Canada regarding mental health and bring together the next generation of mental health leaders to make change, now! 

    Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with keynote speakers, participate in workshops and other activities, share insights and collaborate on real, actionable strategies that can span the entire region.

  • When and where is Northern Jack Summit?
    This year’s Northern Jack Summit will be taking place September 30 - October 2. More information to follow!

    Safety is our top priority, and as we look at hosting our first in-person Northern Summit since 2019, we will continue to monitor guidelines surrounding masking, vaccination and testing requirements, gathering limits and more so we can bring you a fun, impactful and safe event, hosted in one of the major cities in the territories. Yellowknife, we are looking at you 👀.
  • Will it cost me anything to attend?
    No. Thanks to our generous sponsors and donors, the summit is free for all delegates.
  • Who can apply to be a delegate, and how are they chosen?
    All high school and postsecondary-aged young people (15-24) from across the Territories are eligible. All delegates will be selected based on their application’s quality and their commitment to mental health advocacy. We are committed to diversity in our programming and will work to ensure a broad range of attendees.
  • How do I go about booking my travel and accommodation?
    Don’t worry, leave it to us! We will be working with local partners to secure everything on our end, including flights, local travel, hotel accommodation and more. Keep an eye on your email in the coming months regarding these details and more. 
  • Do I need to be vaccinated to attend? is committed to prioritizing the health & safety of delegates, invited guests, and other Summit attendees as we safely return to in-person events. To that end, we will continually monitor territorial/provincial public health guidelines and abide by all federal regulations as set out by the Government of Canada. 

    To ensure the safety of everyone attending our events, will be mandating proof of vaccination at all internally run events this year, including Northern Jack Summit. This means you will need to be vaccinated with at least two doses of the following accepted vaccines as outlined by the Public Health Agency of Canada. 

    For more information about our policy around COVID-19, please see this one-pager. If you have received a medical exemption, or have any other concerns with this policy, please reach out to to speak to a member of our team. 
  • What is the application deadline?
    Applications are now closed.
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