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The Cuystwi (cwoo wheesh twee) program evolved from conversations with First Nations in northern British Columbia about their concerns regarding youth suicide. It was suggested that if youth could have a platform to explore their identities and cultures as Indigenous peoples, as well as understand colonization and how the on-going cumulative impacts affect our people and families, that they may have a stronger foundation to depend on when encountering difficult periods in their lives. The Cuystwi quests emphasize themes of identity, culture, understanding colonization, tools to deal with racism, healthy relationships, sexual health, and an invitation to become a young warrior. The quests have an online component meant to introduce topics to be facilitated to Indigenous youth by youth workers, health workers, and educators within existing community programming.
"The team at Animikii Inc. is incredibly responsive to our software needs at Provincial Health Services Health Authority Aboriginal Health. When we began a new project focusing on Indigenous Youth Wellness for 10 to 12-year-olds, Animikii Inc. custom built a platform to our unique specifications. We continue to collaborate with Animikii Inc. as we appreciate the level of professionalism, responsiveness and culturally competent service we receive from them." Nancy Laliberte, Leader Cuystwi Youth Wellness, PHSA Aboriginal Health