Honouring life: Aboriginal Youth and Communities Empowerment Strategy (AYCES)
Alberta Health Services
The Honouring Life: Aboriginal Youth and Communities Empowerment Strategy (AYCES) was formerly known as the Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy. In 2009, the strategy was revised to be more aligned with resiliency,
empowerment and holistic wellness approaches, which are more culturally appropriate in addressing risk factors of Aboriginal youth. This shift continues to focus on protective factors and building community capacity to address Aboriginal youth issues, i.e. suicide prevention, mental wellness, work experience/employment opportunities, educational achievement, substance misuse, violence and healthy lifestyle.