Native Treatment Program
It is our goal to promote cultural competency during the process of treatment. In understanding the importance of family and community when caring for Native youth - the involvement of these members is highly encouraged in this programming and the direction of elders is greatly respected.
Our programming includes:
Our coordinator is a Native psychotherapist and has clinical expertise in the history and present day issues effecting Native youth and their families, such as intergenerational trauma. She is available to the psychotherapists working with Native youth for consultation.
Each of the homes is provided with the resources for youth to explore and practice the arts and crafts of their Native customs, such as soapstone carving . Youth are also given opportunities to participate in workshops, such as drum making. Native music is celebrated and inspirational Aboriginal artists and positive role models such as Shibastik have performed for our youth at events. A library of Native legends and storybooks and educational resources on history and culture are available for children, foster parents and the staff working with these youth. In addition, the program is aiming to ensure all homes are provided with language workbooks for the youth to practice their traditional tongue.
Children have access to customary foods and foster parents are encouraged to have traditional recipes on the menu such as "Indian Tacos". Cultural events often organize potlucks where hunting seasons are celebrated and wild meat such as moose and goose are served. Youth often enjoy friendly bannock competitions between households.
Treatment with the holistic approach of using the teachings of the medicine wheel and four directions are highly encouraged within the homes. Children are given the resources to smudge and opportunities to work with an elder. Talking circles are used as the forum to discuss weekly issues in the homes. Children are given opportunities to participate in local and regional pow wows, and every year the children can attend the Canadian Aboriginal Festival.
Our Native Treatment Program Coordinator is Jenny Sutherland and may be contacted at