QBOW -Family and Children Services is an Indigenous run agency responsible for 5 communities in Saskatchewan. Last year Blueprintforlife was brought to Standing Buffalo to deliver our week intensive healing program and this year we returned to Fort Qu’Appelle to engage both Indigenous youth and local community youth at Bert Fox high school. We also had the pleasure to involve the staff and youth from the Leading Thunderbird Healing lodge. An amazing week where many youth found their voice. Click the photo to see many more.
Blueprintforlife was originally brought to Vancouver island in 2014 to help deal with a state of emergency around suicide. We returned in March 2018 to work with the broader community working on mental health and healing. Click on the link above to see lots of great pics. Supported by Canada 150.
BluePrint’s executive director Stephen Leafloor interviewed on CBC regarding funding slated for gang prevention.
My CBC interview on Gangs and Guns recently. Complex trauma requires creative and complex engagement that is customized for different communities. Multiyear funding and the need to build trusting relationships, with new role models, and eventually move to honest discussions around mental health, abuse, bullying, forgiveness, racism, impulse control and anger, respect, drugs and alcohol, and filling our life with creative outlets. (our "One Mics" and a spirit to discover more) Not to mention addressing poverty, the money thing related to gangs, and employment. Also lets not set up power dynamics.
Posted by Stephen Buddha Leafloor on Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Blueprint Pathways brings its week healing intensives to urban environments. Take a peek at the amazing energy the youth manifest. Funded by the Ontario Trillium foundation.
This was a great project just before Christmas 2017. We were blessed to work many community members, Had great conversations with Elders, invited to Ceremony, and blessed to partake in the round dance organized by Gabriel Whiteduck. Thx Christine Head for helping put this together and thank you to the parents for trusting us with your youth. Special shout out to my Team and thx to Cody JJ Purcell for offering his music for this video. Thx Steve Haining for capturing all of this as I hope this video puts a smile on the faces of the youth and that they feel proud of their accomplishments when they see it. Feeling grateful for getting to know Kash !
An amazing program in Standing Buffalo Sask.
Blueprint has developed a new mental health program to re-engage remote communities we have visited in the past, and engage youth who were to young to attend our program previously. We will still deliver our flagship week intensive where we become the replacement school for a week, but we will not only employ traditional cultural elements but we will be also designing a full community show incorporating, dance, stomping and drumming.
Stephen “Buddha” Leafloor, 57, is a Canadian B-boy Elder, street dancer, youth outreach worker, speaker, mental health advocate and founder of BluePrintForlife and BluePrint Pathways. On Friday, November 25, 2016, he will receive the Meritorious Service Cross at Rideau Hall in Ottawa from Governor General David Johnston. The Meritorious Service Cross (M.S.C)The Civil Division Cross recognizes a deed or an activity that has been performed in an outstandingly professional manner, or according to uncommonly high standards; the activity is often innovative, sets an example for others to follow, improves the quality of life of a community and brings considerable benefit or honour to Canada.
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Check out the new promo video for our exciting new sister Company
Recent news story on the Canadian Floor Masters 30th anniversary
and how Stephen Leafloor grew BluePrintForLife into a national
outreach program impacting over 5000 youth in aboriginal communities.
Blueprint founder does a TED talk from the heart about
growing up with bullying and turning extreme rage into
something positive. Also reflects on the healing work
they do in the Arctic with a story about “Frost Graffiti”.
Blueprint partners with Boehringer Ingleheim and Ashoka
This video is a great short overview of Blueprints work
and features youth from Kuujjuaq in Nunavik.
Blueprint for life recently launched its anti-bullying campaign in the high arctic communities of Resolute Bay and Grise Fiord. We are committed to making the new heroes in communities the kind people by recognizing their day to day acts of kindness. We also recently launched this program in the small Inuit community of Akulivik, Nunavik. Stay tuned for exciting updates of this program.
Buddha was recently selected as one of Canada’s top 45 over 45 by Zoomers Magazine. He joins a group of prestigious Canadians such as David Suzuki, Jack Layton, Fred Penner, Michaelle Jean etc. Read Articles…
A great short video on the work BluePrint does -featuring youth from Salluit and Inuvik !
Intergenerational Healing around the effects of Residential Schools
Am amazing week took place in Kugaaruk Nunavut. Blueprint was partnered with Pauktuutit (The National Women’s Inuit Association). Parents, Elders and Youth were all brought together for Cultural activities, dance, music, art, and lots of healing exercises. To our knowledge this is one of the first inter- generational healing program around the effects of residential schools. A feature documentary is being created on this amazing week and the report and evaluation being developed is hope to serve as inspiration and a possible model for other communities both Inuit and First Nation.
A great story featuring the youth from Kuujjuaq that we have been working with. They are part of the Pivallianiq-KMHB Hip-hop Club. BluePrint is partnered with the Kativik housing board to develop creative ways of reducing vandalism and creating community pride in youth.
The 15-minute video was produced through a partnership between NAHOs Honouring Life Network and the Ilisaqsivik Society in Clyde River on Baffin Island. Â The video was shot by a local group of youth and features a community program which inspires youth by combining hip hop dancing with hope.