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FAQs

Northern Jack Summit FAQ

If these don't answer your questions, email us at northernsummit@jack.org and we'll help you out!

 
  • 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-aboriginal 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 kicking off on the evening of Friday, February 4th and continuing on Saturday, February 5th. 

    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?
    On October 30th, 2021, the Federal Government now requires all domestic travellers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to travel. This means, if you are travelling to attend a regional Jack Summit, you must: 
    be fully vaccinated with two doses of the following accepted vaccines be ready at any point in your journey to show your official proof of vaccination have received your second dose at least 14 full days prior to the day you travel
    have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 wear a mask.

    If you are a resident of the host city, and will not be travelling to attend your regional Jack Summit, we will continue to monitor and update any changes to hotel and venue requirements. Note: Many venues and hotels do require either proof of valid vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 molecular test within 48 hours of the event day

    If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to northernsummit@jack.org.
  • What is the application deadline?
    Applications for Northern Jack Summit will be accepted until 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, December 5th, 2021
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