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Northern 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? is exploring ways to ensure Northern Jack Summit is inclusive and accessible for everyone. While previous Regional Summits this year have been entirely virtual, in line with Public Health guidance around COVID-19, we are currently exploring ways to incorporate some in-person components to this Summit while still following all government guidelines. More details to come! 
  • Will it cost me anything to attend?
    No. Thanks to our generous sponsors and donors, the summit is free for all delegates.
  • I have connectivity challenges or virtual accessibility needs - can I still participate in this summit?
    Yes! Our team is eager to help accommodate any challenges that you may face in participating in this event. You’ll be able to discuss your needs with our team in the weeks leading up to the summit, and will cover any expenses required for your participation. This is also why we are exploring ways to incorporate some in-person components into the Summit itself. 
  • 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 Northern 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.
  • What is the application deadline?
    Applications for Northern Jack Summit 2021 will be accepted until 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, February 14th
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