Family Violence Initiative

COMPENDIUM OF PROMISING PRACTICES TO REDUCE VIOLENCE AND INCREASE SAFETY OF ABORIGINAL WOMEN IN CANADA – COMPENDIUM ANNEX: DETAILED PRACTICE DESCRIPTIONS

HISTORICAL LEGACY

Healing and Renewal of Family Roles and Responsibilities

Program name:

Auntie Blanche's Iskwewak Program: Strengthening the Inner Family

Organization:

CHG Research & Policy Institute Inc

Location:

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Target Group:

Aboriginal women who are mothers, and Aboriginal women.

Contact Name:

Blanche Cowley-Head

Phone:

306-290-3037

Email:

blanche@chginstitute.ca

Website:

www.chginstitute.ca

Program Overview
History:

The pilot program was run in 2010. As a result of the pilot there have been revisions based on the feedback from the pilot participants.

Program Description
Goals & Objectives:

The program was designed to be a personal development tool based on an inner family model. The idea is that individual Aboriginal women would be able to use those tools to examine the challenges of their lives.

Traditional/Indigenous ways:

The tipi teachings were an integral part of the programming. Also, a great deal of reliance was placed on the experience and wisdom of a respected local Cree Elder.

Components of program:

The program was intended to provide Aboriginal women with a conceptual model to understand where and when violence happens in their lives and their reactions to that violence. One major component of the program is the adaption of the Inner Family model. It examines how women have internalized the trauma and violence of the residential school experience. The second component is to reconnect Aboriginal women with the Cree tipi teachings in order to reconnect to the strengths, roles, and responsibilities of Aboriginal women in a healthy way. The program allows different directions to be explored such as indigenous language acquisition, artistic expression, traditional women ceremonies, and other crafts such as powwow regalia making. It is all meant to teach how to connect with their identity as Aboriginal women. They have to have strength, purpose and confidence to feel good as a woman, to tackle the challenges facing many Aboriginal women.

Services/How they work:

This was a pilot. There are currently no ongoing services.

Funding:

Funding provided by: CHG Research & Policy Institute Inc.

Relationships and Stakeholders
Involvement of Target Groups:

During the pilot, weekly feedback was given that there was a new set of tools to use in their daily lives. Also there was an overall feedback process at the end.

Partners:

N/A

Other relationships:

N/A

Details of Program Evaluation
Evaluation:

No evaluation has been completed.

Highlights of Evaluation Findings:

N/A

Program Outcomes
Measures of Success:

Because it was a pilot program, quantifiable statistics cannot be supplied that show success in the accepted western way. But, in a qualitative context, the participants have shown and stated an improvement in lifestyle, and personal growth of knowledge and healthy choices.

Achievements:

The main accomplishment is the reporting that the participants were using the tools for themselves and their families on a personal and daily basis that has improved their lives.

Challenges:

Because clients were mothers it was very difficult to have a structured time to get together because of other responsibilities.

Things to Know to Replicate
Replication Advice:

The pilot is considered replicable. Organizers must be familiar in the areas of health, the inner family model and tipi teachings or have access to bring in those who do have the knowledge.

Resources:

Adequate funding would be needed to run the pilot successfully.

Date modified: