Government of Yukon

September 14, 2016

Recipients of second Mental Wellness Innovation Fund Award named

WHITEHORSE—The Government of Yukon and its First Nations partners are awarding a further $390,000 in Mental Wellness Innovation Fund support to 10 community projects.

“This second intake of the Mental Wellness Innovation Fund has been very successful,” Minister of Health and Social Services Mike Nixon said. “The projects we are funding will focus on the needs of people across their lifespan and on building capacity in the communities, and I look forward to seeing the results.”

Ten of the 25 applicants to the second intake of the innovation fund will receive funding. Additionally, another four projects focusing on workforce capacity-building will receive funding from the Department of Health and Social Services. All proposals were reviewed by a committee consisting of representatives from the Council of Yukon First Nations, Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Yukon government.

“Mental health is a huge priority for First Nations in Yukon,” Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Peter Johnston said. “These important funds will help address mental health issues facing First Nations and support capacity development in each community to better serve our people.”

The Mental Wellness Innovation Fund was identified as part of Forward Together: the Yukon Mental Wellness Strategy 2016-2026. The first funding period ended June 30, with 33 applications submitted for consideration. Twelve projects received a total of $620,000 in funding.

“Kwanlin Dün First Nation believes the Yukon-wide Mental Health Strategy must support land-based, culturally relevant healing that reflects the needs of Indigenous people,” Kwanlin Dün First Nation acting Chief Alicia Vance said. “Kwanlin Dün will continue to support initiatives that meet the mental wellness needs of Yukon communities and our citizens.”

The fund is intended to: allow organizations to test out new models of delivering services that promote wellness; build capacity in Yukon to deliver effective services; learn from promising and emerging practices that promote wellness; increase coordination and collaboration among care providers; and allow communities to take action on issues of particular priority in their community.

Attached is a list of the 10 recipients of the Mental Wellness Innovation Fund.



Michael Edwards
Cabinet Communications

Marcelle Dubé
Communications, Health and Social Services

Stephanie Brown
Communications, Council of Yukon First Nations
867-393-9200 ext. 223

Marie-Louise Boylan
Communications, Kwanlin Dün First Nation
867-633-7800 ext. 112 






Louise Hardy


Therapeutic Cancer Care Group

Ta’an Kwäch’än Council


Promoting Wellness Through Connections



Youth Empowering Youth: Skills for rural youth in sexual and mental health

Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in


Dawson Wellness Partnership – On the Land After Care

Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation


Building Capacity for Mental Health and Wellness in Old Crow and Beyond

Carcross/Tagish First Nation


Family Wellness Circles

Selkirk First Nation


Transfer of Knowledge Aftercare Program

Na-Cho Nyäk Dun


Na-Cho Nyäk Dun Wellness Strategy—Phase 1

Skookum Jim Friendship Centre


Arts-based Youth Wellness Initiative

Coalition of Mental Health Professionals Yukon


Transgender, Two-Spirit and Gender Nonconforming Sensitivity Initiative





Blood Ties Four Directions

Building Capacity in front lines in working with people with complex barriers to wellness

Child Development Centre

Handle with Care Throughout Yukon

Mental Health Association Yukon

Living Life To The Fullest - First Nations Cultural Adaption

Teegatha’Oh Zheh

Support Worker Core Competency training

News Release #16-319