Resilience is the ability to adapt to change and overcome challenges. Resiliency programming helps students develop the skills and find the strength to do these things. Resiliency programming helps students be able to build healthy relationships, develop leadership skills, and solve real life problems. They can do this with support and encouragement from their peers, educators, family and community. These skills help students access the resources that are the best fit for their lives and wellbeing.
The work of Education Renewal in this area focuses on developing an effective approach to resiliency programming specifically for NWT students and schools. Pilot programs are currently being run in 7 different NWT communities: Aklavik, Ulukhaktok, Fort McPherson, Fort Providence, Hay River, K’atl’odeeche, and Ndilo. The Yellowknife Catholic School board has been running a successful resiliency program for many years called DǪ Edàezhe. This program serves as one model to resiliency programming that other schools can learn from. There is also research being done on successful resiliency programming outside the NWT. An NWT resiliency programming handbook is currently being developed and will be distributed to all schools next school year.