Youth suicide rates on First Nations communities in Canada are 7 to 10 times higher than rest of the nation. The average age of death in Saddle Lake Cree Nation since 2011, has been 46.3 for men and 50.1 for women.
First Nations people suffer various health issues arising from substance addictions, unsafe drinking water conditions, and difficult access to healthy food.
A First Nations youth male is more likely to end up in jail than to graduate high school.
Intentional, consistent engagement of youth and community is needed to address this crisis.
The past two years of fitness training and nutrition advice (from qualified trainers and a registered nutritionist), offered 2-3 times per week has produced successful physical results, built trusting relationships and has allowed the gospel to be naturally introduced through the fitness sessions. Bible studies are planned to follow each training session.