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The Brighter Futures program was developed cooperatively by Health Canada with First Nations and Inuit communities to improve the physical, mental and social well-being of aboriginal children, their families and communities.
It is based upon the following principles:
- To strengthen and support the child, family and community
- To be community based
- To be community paced
- To provide a complete range of care so that communities can create programs from health promotion to prevention and treatment to aftercare
- To coordinate and link all activities so Brighter Futures programs can be linked to existing programs in the community
For consideration by Brighter Futures, projects must include one or more of the following elements:
The goal of this component is to promote the development of healthy communities through community-based mental health programs, services and/or activities.
This component aims to ensure that children receive the nurturing they need to reach their full potential.
To improve the health and well-being of mothers and babies is the aim of this component.
In the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, applications and guidelines for Brighter Futures are available through the community corporations.
If you want to learn more about the Brighter Futures program and what's happening in your community, please contact: