Manitoba Update March 21, 2014

PHAC Family-based Project

We continue to move along with the PHAC project in the Swampy Cree communities.

We are pleased to share that one community (Chemawawin) has completed all 14 sessions with 3 families and a second community (Moose Lake) will complete next week also with 3 families. The Moose Lake facilitators are planning a blanket ceremony where additional members of the attending families as well as Ron Cook our Tribal facilitator will be invited (we are hoping to get some photos of this event).

Other communities are restarting after somewhat of a hiatus due to facilitator schedules, illnesses, community issues etc. Grand Rapids will restart next week at session 9 with approximately 7 families. As well Sapotaweyak has recently restarted with 4 families at Session 3 and 4 this week. Communities who are restarting are finding that having more than one session per week is most suitable for families and facilitators.

The community of Wuskwi Sipihk is hoping to start sessions very soon with 3 families. This community continues to experience setbacks and difficult circumstances.

Finally, new facilitators have come on board and have been trained in Pukatawagan and Opaskwayak where they are in the recruitment stage each having approximately 5 families interested in participating in the program.

To date we do not yet have any of the follow-up surveys completed in the communities although we continue to encourage facilitators to complete these with the help of Ron Cook.

Corinne Isaak

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