The River of Life course discusses strategies designed to strengthen the protective factors of youth at risk. The material focuses on providing participants who work with youth the knowledge to respond to youth at risk of suicide.

River of Life has been developed with extensive consultation with Indigenous people.  The Advisory committee included Elders from Métis and First Nation communities, as well as members from the community who work with Indigenous youth.

Participants taking this course have three months to complete the course from the time they log into the course. Participants have taken anywhere from a week to four weeks to complete the course.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the current context of youth suicide within Indigenous communities
  • Describe the impact of key historical events that have disrupted cultural continuity and continue to negatively impact Indigenous youth
  • Identify and define factors that either protect or put Indigenous youth at risk of suicide
  • Recognize the warning signs or invitation suggesting that an Indigenous youth might be at risk of suicide
  • Recall the legal responsibilities when working with Indigenous youth at risk of suicide
  • Define the three levels of suicide response: Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention.


Ages 18+
This workshop provides information and offers practical approaches for those working with Indigenous youth ages fifteen to twenty-four. The precipitating factors of suicide are different in Indigenous communities than in the general population.


Participants will receive a certificate of completion after completing the online course.