Due to the sensitive nature of some issues dealt with, participants were not required to identify themselves.

101_0285-300x225I enjoyed the workshop, the whole week was bringing something new and helpful to make us smile. It made people open up even though they may not have noticed it. It was our best, most valuable time we’ve spent in a workshop. (Alberta)

There is more knowledge and wisdom in the community, the workshop brought them out and everyone has a common goal of health and safety. (Female participant – Nisga’a)

Signs of Suicide are more clear now. (Trent)

101_0301-300x225I learned a lot from this workshop and I hope Mike comes back. (Tristan)

I’m proud to be Native. I like the Culture we have and I’ll never let go of it.(Newfoundland)

It gave me tools to help myself and others, people in need of help. This workshop helped me to express things I could not in the past, a tool I will utilize now and in everyday life.(Alvin-Lee)

I liked that I learned a lot about myself and what I can do. The biggest impact on me is that I know I’m not alone in my struggles in life and I can help others through theirs.(William)

DSCF2524-300x225What I liked most about this workshop were the topics, the flow of things from heavy discussions to physical activity. It helped me to understand my feelings and questions regarding the Suicides of loved ones. (Jessica)

Mike James is a person who cares about Youth and is proud of his heritage and Culture.(Vancouver, B.C.)

The workshop allowed everyone to communicate honestly, it created a trust between us; we all learned a lot and made new friends. It was a great experience and I think it should continue at a community level with the youth, Elders, even possibly children. (Duncan)

I like that I was allowed to vent and I feel that I am not alone.  There was a wide range of people; it was so honest, fun and so full of awareness. I believe that everyone connected so well and it was all positive. I loved the week! I gained many friendships and have given my word that I’ll be there for anyone who needs to talk or if they just need someone to listen. I am so proud of the participants who expressed their thoughts and feelings – especially the work done on grief and loss and all the information about Suicide. (Female; 30-35 years old)

DSCF21191-300x225I felt that the open sharing was a very important part of the workshop and the learning the students received was very heartwarming. (Vancouver, B.C.)

Mike, you are really good at what you do; you had 98 preschool and kindergarten students in there and they all sat listening completely attentive, we have a hard time controlling one class and you made it look easy controlling three classes and the kids had a great time. (Westbank teacher)

Thank you for teaching us about our Native Culture; I love you; (said with a hug and a kiss on the cheek). (Elder; Council of the Cree Nation of Mistissini)

It helped me to trust people again and to be there to listen and give advice to each other. I learned more about suicide. (Female; 36 – 40 years old)

You know Mike, you really made an impact on my life and if you didn’t come here when you did, I can honestly say that I don’t think I would be here today, thank you, you saved my life. (Dester)

Thank you Mike! you showed me to be more wise! you’re the best. (Bella Coola Youth)

You know Mike, when I was first told I had to attend this program for the next two weeks, I was really angry; I didn’t want to be labelled an “alcoholic” or a “druggy”. We are used to those people talking to us who have all those letters behind their names…and they talk down to us…but you’re different, you treat us like equals and offer us respect. I learned a lot everyday, I’ve became aware of things I do that has created a lot of problems in my life and you know what…the way you work, I actually had a lot of fun everyday. I am a better man today because of you; thank you for being you and thank you for coming here. (Nisga’a male; 35 – 40 years old)

Mike, you are very good; you had Youth participating that never participate in anything…thank you for coming. (Ashley Iserhoff – Grand Chief; Council of the Cree Nation of Mistissini)

Thank you so much Mike; this experience is so life changing, thank you for this. (Teniel; Nisga’a)

Thanks for such a great experience, I left a lot of negative energy behind and got everything off my shoulders, I feel like a new person . Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I’m going to keep moving on with my new life. (Kaylyn)

“You saved my life” (Janelle)

This workshop has opened my my eyes to life, I really needed this. I’m looking forward now, not in the past; I can’t wait to finish school. I’m hoping to change myself and become a better person for myself and my daughter. I feel like I can do anything; this is a great experience. I can’t wait to use the new tools you have given us. Thank you so much Mike. (Crystal)