In 2011, with approximately a $1.5 million commitment, the former Ministry of First Nations and Métis Relations initiated work on the development of a Northern Action Plan. The initiative was centered on the work of a six-member Northern Leaders Table (NLT) comprised of northern First Nations, Métis and municipal leaders. The NLT faced a number of internal challenges and proved to be ineffective; it was suspended at the end of 2012-13.
The Embracing Life Initiative first came together as an organized body in June of 2013. The EL began has a large group of agencies and partners that strived to be inclusive and diverse by including representatives from the various regions of northern Saskatchewan, Indigenous groups, northern communities, and human service government and non-government organizations/agencies are all included.
Citizens of northern Saskatchewan value life and are culturally empowered, healthy and thriving.
The Embracing Life Initiative is a call for action to reduce suicide by sharing the strengths of northern communities and working together through healthy life promotion, suicide prevention, intervention and post-vention.
The Embracing Life Initiative will:
The Leadership team meetings monthly to execute the annual Embracing Life work plan. This groups works to raise dollars for projects, collaborate on work plan and prioritize the work.