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:

Wahbung Abinoonjiiag Inc.

Organization:

Wahbung Abinoonjiiag Inc.

Location:

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Target Group:

Women and children.

Contact Name:

Tanyalee Viner

Phone:

204-953-5820

Email:

tanyav@wahbung.org

Website:

http://wahbung.org/

Program Overview
History:

Wahbung Abinoonjiiag was jointly established in 1994 by three sister organizations – the Native Women's Transition Centre, North End Women's Centre and Ikwe Widjittiwin. Wahbung is open to anyone who is involved in a family violence situation and is referred from one of the sister organizations.

Program Description
Goals & Objectives:

To empower children and families to break the cycle of violence through holistic healing; and to provide a program that is culturally sensitive and therapeutically based.

Traditional/Indigenous ways:

Wahbung Abinoonjiiag Inc. uses the traditional knowledge of Aboriginal ancestors in its service delivery approach. Wahbung has four modules per year, each module represents a direction of the Medicine Wheel and each lesson represents one of the Seven Sacred teachings.

Components of program:

The program offers three core sessions running twice a week for ten weeks: a children's program that incorporates attachment and trauma theories that strengthen the families' social skills; a youth program that focuses on cultural teachings, healthy social interaction, self-identity and fostering normal development; and a women's program that provides information, support and advocacy. The facility fosters the creation of a healing/sharing network among clientele. The sessions are attached to the four directions of the Medicine Wheel.

Services/How they work:

Services are provided on site at the facility.

Funding:

Funding is provided by the Province of Manitoba's Violence Protection Program; and the Public Health Agency of Canada's Community Action Program for Children.

Relationships and Stakeholders
Involvement of Target Groups:

Participants decide what they want to learn about in each group.

Partners:

the Native Women's Transition Centre; North End Women's Centre and Ikwe Widjittiwin; and Child and Family Services.

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:

Success is measured by the number of participants enrolled in the programming, community feedback, end of session client evaluations, and the staff's progress notes on each client.

Achievements:

Graduates of the one year program can return and facilitate new groups in the program.

Challenges:

Obtaining funding. Transience of clientele.

Things to Know to Replicate
Replication Advice:

The program is considered replicable. No advice given.

Resources:

Adequate funding, trained staff and facility space are required to ensure program's success.

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