First Peoples Wellness Circle (FPWC) is collaborating with the Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE), a national Indigenous organization with a mission to provide pathways for Indigenous youth on their journey of self-determination and resiliency.

One of the important ways CRE does this is through facilitating engagements with Indigenous youth on topics that matter to them. In this case, CRE will focus on exploring a youth-focused approach to an orientation to the First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum Framework (FNMWCF).

In July, CRE will be hosting a hackathon to facilitate this engagement. The policy hackathon, by its nature and structure, creates space for imagining innovative policy solutions while also building people’s capacity to work in the policy field. The hackathon will be taking place across 5 days, from 12 to 4 PM EST on July 15, 16, 17, 23 , and 24.

Youth who participate in the hackathon will receive an honorarium ranging from $500 to $1000.

CRE is seeking to engage First Nations, Métis, and Inuit youth to better understand youth priorities in mental health and explore areas of intersection between your priorities and the FNMWCF.

Participants do not need to have any background in health or mental wellness to participate in the hackathon. The only requirement is that the youth identify as First Nation, Métis, and/or Inuit and are between the ages of 18 and 29.

For more information on the hackathon, and to register, please follow this link:

The deadline for applying is July 3, 2022.