"In order to have strong healthy communities we need to have strong healthy members supported by strong healthy staff."

Workshop Topics

Traditional Parenting (Full Day)

This workshop examines our traditional family system and roles of Elders (Kitayak), men and women. It looks at the four cycles of life with special emphasis on rites of passage and womanhood. It focusses at the teepee teachings that are set in order of human development. The poles represent 15 core values that keep our families, extended families, and communities intact.

Elder Abuse (2-3 Hours)

This workshop focuses on identifying 'What is Elder Abuse'?  How does it happen? It zeroes in on understanding the dynamics of abuse and neglect and recognizing vulnerability. Elder abuse is often hidden and there is a lot of shame that keeps our people from reaching out for help. Emphasis is given that Elders themselves must self-identify that abuse is happening and begin to reach out. Healing does not happen in isolation. Healing happens when there is support from family, friends, and community. Generational cycles of trauma will continue until there is a choice to break out of the dysfunction. Options for healing and support will be explored as well as local resources.

Self-Care and the Medicine Wheel (2-3 Hours)

This workshop is designed to assist individuals to look at the lifestyle they are living through the lens of holistic health. It is intended to give awareness and create a plan for improved work-life balance.

This workshop will look at the following:

  • What is self-care and what are fundamental needs?
  • Why is self-care important?
  • What are the warning signs of burnout?
  • Recognizing priorities
  • Developing a self-care plan

The workshop is delivered in a PowerPoint format with opportunity for group interaction. Participants will be given the opportunity to create their own personalized self-care plan.

Womanhood (2-3 Hours)

This workshop will focus on the transformation of a young girl to becoming a young woman. It will focus on the role of women as caregivers, supporters, nurturers, and healers, including Body Changes, Roles and Responsibilities, Family Planning and Pre-natal Care.

It will specifically focus on the role as a life-giver and how raising children is a sacred responsibility. This workshop presentation will emphasize how important it is to take care of our bodies and the health of our unborn children. The prenatal period is one of love and nurturing the gift that the Creator has given us. Children are gifts and bringing them into this world is a sacred responsibility.  

This teaching concept highlights the correlation between health preceding conception and healthy communities. Emphasis is given on a woman's life giving role and how she plans for her family prior to starting a family. As women we all need to understand our role and how it relates to self-esteem, self-care, and respecting the sacred gift within our bodies.

Healthy pregnancy outcomes are greater when women are trained in traditional knowledge to look after themselves. This is a key step in raising a healthy family and healthy community.

Arrows to the Heart - Lateral Violence Awareness

Lateral violence is when we intentionally or unintentionally hurt people that are closest to us: family, friends, co-workers, community. It is a learned behaviour that causes unnecessary stress and sickness. This workshops clarifies options to move forward and not be trapped in the snare of toxic thinking that holds people back.

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