IKM Holds Alaska Native Teen Video Shoot!

iknowmine staff - Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Setting up for our Alaska Native teen video shoot! (Taken with Instagram at The Den)

Setting up for our Alaska Native teen video shoot! (Taken with Instagram at The Den)

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IKM Teen Video Shoot

iknowmine staff - Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The teens all waiting for the shoot to start. (Taken with Instagram at The Den)

The teens all waiting for the shoot to start. (Taken with Instagram at The Den)

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Community Partnerships: Noatak, AK

iknowmine staff - Saturday, July 07, 2012
Noatak, Alaska. Population 514.

Noatak, Alaska is one of the villages we work with on a close basis here at iknowmine.org. We know some pretty awesome youth leaders and community leaders from that village. They traveled by boat to an airport to fly into Anchorage for our Community Advisory board meeting. It took over 10 hours of travel to get here. By airmiles, Noatak is a little over 600 miles from Anchorage. In comparison, Seattle, WA to San Francisco in how the raven flies, is 680 miles; and you’re crossing three states there!

For a more complete profile of Noatak, please visit its page on the regional Native corporation that serves Noatak, NANA.

Also, if you didn’t know, up here we pronounce it Noah (like the name) - tack (like tackle).

-Taija

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I was clicking around on Wikipedia and accidentally clicked that when I meant to click this picture:

But…. yeah. That name. Just saying.

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Music by Indigenous Youth

iknowmine staff - Friday, July 06, 2012

Check out this awesome music created by Indigenous teens in Portland, OR at a Native Youth Conference. If you didn’t know, wernative is our sister organization to the south. It’s a good day to be Indigenous!

Taija

wernative:

This original music CD was created in 4 days in June 2012 by Native youth living across the USA and adult mentors to prepare them as musical peer educators in their communities and schools. Their songs and stories are devoted to: native Pride, Health Promotion, Suicide, Alcohol and Addiction Prevention. Music academy program support and funding was provided by THRIVE, a project at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, hots of the health Promotion Conference. Music mentors academy staff include: Todd Denny, Program Director, J. Ross Parrelli, and our talented audio engineer Brad kaminski, Kevin “Yamio” Winkle and Spiro Spanos.

Contact project THRIVE at the NPAIHB at: 503.228.4185 or Todd Denny, Music Mentor Academies at: 360.866.7140

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Spotlight: Elsie Boudeau with ANTHC's Domestic Violence Prevention Intiative

iknowmine staff - Friday, July 06, 2012
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“ Elsie, my hero by lauritadianita on Flickr.
Elsie, my hero - The beautiful and incredible and awe-inspiring Elsie Boudeau, one of the trainers in the Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative project. (This project is why we went to...

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Elsie, my hero by lauritadianita on Flickr.

Elsie, my hero - The beautiful and incredible and awe-inspiring Elsie Boudeau, one of the trainers in the Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative project. (This project is why we went to Barrow, to train local folks in how to improve the local response to violence and support victims). If you don’t know who Elsie is, you ought to. She is a hero of ending child sexual abuse, ending domestic violence and sexual violence, helping people heal and find justice, and doing it in a culturally-affirming way. She is a Yup’ik Alaska Native social worker-survivor-sister.

Check out: www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/the-silence/ to learn about her work and an important, sad piece of Alaska’s history.
© Laura Norton-Cruz

Here at iknowmine.org we love the work that Elsie does and hear about her all the time when we travel to the villages. I love seeing our leaders highlighted here on tumblr and on pbs.

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Inuit Throat Singing

iknowmine staff - Friday, July 06, 2012

We try to highlight our different Indigenous cultures here in Alaska and other locations in the circumpolar region. Here’s a really cool examples of our own art.

Taija

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Inuit Throat Singing by Janet and Sarah.

Two talented women trying their skill together for the first time.  Among Inuit women throat singing is a type of vocal game.  Lasting this long without making a mistake/laughing is quite a challenge!

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Be Yourself - a Message by Willow Smith

iknowmine staff - Thursday, July 05, 2012

[willow smith — i am me]

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Parent Resources: Q & A with Planned Parenthood

iknowmine staff - Thursday, July 05, 2012

Hi! We're Planned Parenthood: Someone asked us: Q. My daughter will be 11 this year, and will...

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Someone asked us:

Q. My daughter will be 11 this year, and will probably begin menstruation at any time. When should she have her first gyn exam and what are her options during menstruation? Pads only, or what? I purchased her a really good book on puberty and have spoken with her on the…

A really great post of how to approach your child’s physical development. It can be awkward for a lot of parents, but don’t let that stop you. It is better to suffer the embarrassment than to leave young girls uneducated about their bodies and they changes they are undergoing. It can be a great way to reinforcement parent-child trust and foster openness for the future to start talking about sexuality, STDs, and health relationships.

Remember, iknowmine can answer your questions too!

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Spider-Man Comic: Hero Promotes Sexual Health and Education

iknowmine staff - Thursday, July 05, 2012
plannedparenthood:
“   This blew our minds when we saw it, so to celebrate the release of The Amazing Spiderman, we just had to share: way back in the 1970s, Marvel Comics teamed up with Planned Parenthood on a comic book that pitted Spiderman...

plannedparenthood:

This blew our minds when we saw it, so to celebrate the release of The Amazing Spiderman, we just had to share: way back in the 1970s, Marvel Comics teamed up with Planned Parenthood on a comic book that pitted Spiderman against a villain who was out to give teens the wrong information about sex. And we all know there’s nothing that Spiderman hates more than the spread of medically inaccurate information! Check it out.

Coolest spiderman comic strip ever! If you didn’t know VD is Venereal disease, now more commonly known as sexually transmitted disease (STD) or sexually transmitted infection (STI). (source wikipedia).

It’s almost mind blowing how backwards we have gone in public perceptive and dicussion around STDs compared to this comic released in 1970s. Does this still happen today? If so, anyone have some links to it?

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Parent Resources: How to Talk to Your Child About Sexual Health

iknowmine staff - Thursday, July 05, 2012
Photo: Elaine Kadake - Vanessa Brown, Alaska Native Elder and Grandchild
To follow our last post about Planned Parenthood’s excellent post about when to start having your child visit the OB-GYN after their first period we are sharing some tips about...

Photo: Elaine Kadake - Vanessa Brown, Alaska Native Elder and Grandchild


To follow our last post about Planned Parenthood’s excellent post about when to start having your child visit the OB-GYN after their first period we are sharing some tips about talking to your child about their sexual health. These are tips that all adults who work with children can benefit from.  In fact, here at iknowmine.org, Connie, Janie, and I (Taija), send out Adult Chat Packs all over Alaska and even to the lower 48! In these packs we include information about how to talk to children about sexual health, information about STDs, information about healthy relationships, resources, and what iknowmine.org can do for you, your family, and your community. If you would like a chat pack mailed to you for absolutely FREE, just private message us your name and address or send an email to me at: Taija Revels, tnrevels@anthc.org.

HOW TO PREPARE AND TALK TO YOUR CHILD ABOUT THEIR SEXUAL HEALTH

Be prepared: Practice

It isn’t always easy to talk about sexual health with your kids. In fact, it can be extremely difficult for some parents. Don’t be afraid to practice. You can practice in front of a mirror, with your spouse or partner, or with friends. Your ability to speak comfortably about sexual health will make your child more comfortable asking questions and discussing sensitive issues.  Included in your chat pack are facts about STDs to help you increase your knowledge.  Take some time to look over all the information in your packet.

Communicate your values

In addition to talking to your children about the physical facts pertaining to sex, it’s important that they also understand sexual relationships involving feelings of caring and issues of responsibility. Parents need to make their children aware of their values about sex. Although your child may not adopt these values as their own, it’s important that children are aware of them as they develop their own set of values about sexuality.  Knowing your values will help guide them in making theirs.  Sometimes it helps to take a few minutes to write down your feelings and values about sex, unplanned pregnancy and STDs/HIV. 

It’s OK to say “I don’t know”

You do not need to be a sexual health expert. It’s OK if you don’t know all of the answers to all of your child’s questions and to say “I don’t know.” If you don’t know the answer to your child’s questions, you can make the search for the answer together.  Make it into an opportunity to grow and learn together. 

Create an open and safe environment

It is important that when you are ready to have a talk about sexual health with your child that you create an environment that feels safe.  Children who have a sense of connection to parents are more likely than other children to wait to have sex. Children who have previous discussions of sexuality with parents are more likely to feel able to communicate with a partner about STDs/HIV/AIDS.  Not only do open relationships and environments have positive effects on the sexual risk-taking behaviors of children, they also give your child a safe place for asking questions.   Be available, honest, and attentive. This will show your child that you are always available for them and it is safe to come and talk to you anytime.  Preplan a safe and private place for you and your child to talk.  Make sure to set aside a good amount of time for your talk. 

Talk WITH your child, not AT your child

It is important to talk with your child. Make sure you listen to your child the way you want your child to listen to you. Try to ask questions that will encourage him or her to share specific information about feelings, decisions, and actions. It is important for you to understand exactly what your kids are saying, that your children feel they have been heard, and that their opinions are valued, even when they differ from your own.  This talk should feel more like an open and safe conversation to your child, not a lecture.   

For more excellent information and guides for parents about youth, sex, and their bodies please visit: www.plannedparenthood.com/parents

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