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SSPC Conference

In April 2019, we headed over to Toronto for the annual Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture (SSPC) conference. Our intrepid team included research assistant Tristan Supino, LTOA research coordinator Dr. Nicole D’souza, community partner Erin Aleck, and principal investigator Dr. Laurence J. Kirmayer. Erin was actually on her way back from her training session in Eskasoni, N.B., and was happy to join the team to present her poster that was developed in collaboration with Mia Messer, another of the team’s research assistants!

The SSPC is an organization committed to furthering research, clinical care and education of the cultural aspects of mental health and illness, with this year’s conference theme being, “Engagement, Empowerment, Equity: From Theory to Practice”. The LTOA team was there to present their posters that were made in collaboration with LTOA community partners!

First up, Tristan presented the poster he made, in partnership with Stefanie Bryant, about the adaption of the LTOA school-based program with Anishinaabe of Treaty #3. Secondly, Erin presented her poster on the cultural adaptation of LTOA that she did in Nlaka’pamux First Nation. Michaela also presented a poster that was made in collaboration with members from Anishinaabe Abinoojii Family Services (AAFS), presenting their unique LTOA facilitator training model that they developed! Both Dr. Kirmayer and Nicole were also panelists and presenters at the conference and spoke about their experiences and work in the field.

It was an incredibly enriching experience for all attendees, and we enjoyed learning and interacting with other researchers and other professionals who are doing similar work! It was motivating to see how professionals and researchers are integrating culture into their practice and making a point to develop culturally safe spaces!

School Program Training in Eskasoni First Nation

During Michelle’s first few weeks in her new role as National Coordinator of the Listening to One Another Program, she had the amazing opportunity to travel to Eskasoni First Nation to deliver the LTOA School Program training for staff from Eskasoni First Nation.

What made this trip even more special was that she travelled with LTOA Regional Coordinator, Erin Aleck. Their travels together was such a wonderful opportunity to get to know each other better. They took time during one of their prep days to explore beautiful Cape Breton. They both loved walking around the many beaches and collecting rocks and sea glass along the way and taking many pictures to savour the memory!

It was so great to have Erin part of the training. Erin shared her experiences as a LTOA Program Facilitator which was so helpful for the staff who took part in the training. The team that Erin and Michelle trained from Eskasoni First Nation was absolutely amazing! The group of 15 participants was made up of individuals who worked in various sectors within the community. This made for such a unique training and created a very supportive wrap around approach when it came to delivering the LTOA School Program on the ground.

Erin and Michelle, as well as the rest of the LTOA team, are both excited to see where the LTOA Program grows within Eskasoni First Nation and hope to make a trip back to train staff on the LTOA Family Program.

Cultural Safety

Summer of 2018, we held our annual NAMHR meeting where we invited guests from across the country to talk about the upcoming year. One topic of conversation was to apply for a SSHRC funded grant, which would allow us to meet in a central location to discuss the importance of cultural safety when implementing interventions and research in Indigenous settings. Our partners agreed and there was a frantic scramble to meet the incoming deadline for the SSHRC connections grant. With much deliberation and a lot of help from our partners, we submitted the grant in time and won! The team passed the information on to our partners and they were excited to come meet again!

In February 2019, the Montreal research team, as well as partners from B.C., the East Coast, and parts of Ontario, flew into the horrifyingly frigid Winnipeg winter’s -50 degrees. Others, from Kenora and The Pas, fought through the snow to come meet us! 17 guests from across the country convened at the Sandman hotel in Winnipeg for the three-day meeting.

Over the course of the three days, we used this opportunity to catch-up with partners, but also to discuss the importance of creating culturally safe spaces throughout all aspects of program implementation and research. Over the course of three days, the LTOA team reflected on their experiences with the program and the role of cultural safety across both the implementation and research process. Only a few guiding questions were needed, as our partners eagerly discussed the attributes that are necessary in creating a culturally safe space. Three significant themes that emerged were: (1) personal and interpersonal dynamics of the partnership and collaboration between community researcher and non-Indigenous researcher; (2) structural, social, and contextual dimensions of the research process; and (3) the cultural dimensions of the process. It was an incredibly valuable discussion and one that we all left feeling enriched by the experience.

Part of this grant included a meeting space in Ottawa, with other grant holders, to discuss topics related to research in Indigenous settings. Principal Investigator, Dr. Laurence J. Kirmayer, and community partner from B.C., Erin Aleck, joined these other researchers to talk at this two-day National Dialogue! Erin expressed how strong of a team her and Laurence were during these discussions, and how they both brought different forms of knowledge to the meeting that complimented each other quite nicely.

The LTOA team would like to extend a thank you to everyone that was involved in putting together the SSHRC grant and making this meeting so successful!

 

Cultural Adaptation in Siska, BC

In July 2018, the then-national coordinator, Dominique Geoffroy, research coordinator Nicole D’souza, and research assistant, Mia Messer, traveled to Siska, British Columbia to meet new community partners from the Nlaka’pamux Nation. The team was greeted by mental health clinician’s manager Elizabeth Perdok-Waboose, facilitator Erin Aleck and co-facilitator Ashley Loring-Earl and researcher April Mazzuca at Heskwenscutxe Health Center. The first day was spent getting to know each other, and learning the stories of the land. Erin dedicated her time by taking our group to various important sites, such as the Stein River Valley, the site of the First Salmon Ceremony, and other personally special places. The landscape was breathtakingly beautiful, and the stories even more so. 

The second day was focused on the present-day. A focus group was held with Erin, Ashley, and the Elder, Ina at the health service building. Together we examined the program’s content and materials that Erin had adapted and put together, such as personalized Zu? Zu? Twu?x sweatshirts for her participants. Erin had used a rug, bought by a First Nation magazine, to serve as the center piece to the program meeting space; it was a soft, cozy rug that the kids could lie upon and sit on during sessions.

The adaptation process, especially the language translation, was time-consuming, and at times overwhelming. Erin was learning the language as she put the program together, and depended on community members and Elders to help her translate. In the moments of stress, Ina held a deeply important role for Erin, who often described her as her rock.

On the third day of the visit, we spent the day with Elizabeth and Wanda Dexel from Scw’exmx Community Health Services Society in Merritt, BC. Here, we discussed the potential of the program to exist in the Nlaka’pamux Nation at the organizational level. These talented women specialized in focus-oriented therapy, and the LTOA program looked like a promising vessel for community healing and mental health promotion. Dominique introduced some of the sessions by showing session overview videos. We finished this meeting by reviewing what the program will need to continue in the future within this region. For example, the facilitator is a key player during the program, as issues happening within the community may impact the families participating in the program. The facilitator needs to be capable of shutting down external conflicts during the program, which can put the facilitator in a difficult position. The space in which the program takes place also impacts how the program unfolds. This notion has been further developed within the past year with Erin and Ina, as well as with other community members, at various meetings that have been held with the LTOA team. Ultimately, creating a space that encourages people to take part in the program, regardless of what may be occurring in the community, and having a role model as a facilitator, instills the values of the program. Lastly, certain resources are absolutely critical in order to implement the program to its fullest and best extent.

 

Overall, the first trip to Siska was a success, and it created a strong foundation for relationships that have been built throughout the past year. Erin, Ina and April have joined the LTOA research team in Montreal and Winnipeg since, and Dominique and Mia had the opportunity to visit Siska in January 2019.

PROGRAM DELIVERY: First steps

Before the start of the delivery, many tasks are done by the community team. An important one is to find a cook or caterer, who will prepare a nutritious meal for each of the 14 sessions. The lead-facilitator, co-facilitator, and Elder will also distribute flyers and organize an information session. A pre-program checklist on page 15 of the Facilitator Manual helps facilitators remembering the tasks to be accomplished.

Binders with printed materials and a USB key

A binder that was distributed at the training session contains printed copies of all the materials needed for the delivery of the program and its evaluation. Hence the facilitators can make photocopies of the pre-program questionnaires and consent forms for youth and adults. Also in the binder, a document informs about the procedure and the way to allocate ID numbers to participants in order to keep all data confidential. A video that explains the procedure is also available on the USB key or by following this link: http://www.mcgill.ca/mhp/online-resources/video-resources

(the last video at the bottom of the webpage)

For more information on the first steps of the delivery, do not hesitate to communicate with your regional coordinator or with Dominique at 514-340-8222 extension:22192

Pre-program checklist

2017 Training in Kenora and Winnipeg

On December 11, Dominique met with workers from the Kenora Chiefs Advisory organization who deliver programs and services to surrounding Anishinabe communities. The idea was to familiarize them with the BII-ZIN-DA-DE-DAH materials such as the videos and games that were created over the years. We played the ‘Fish and Canoe’ game (Session 9: Making Choices), which allows families to think critically on the beneficial or harmful use of a substance after reading a scenario on a playing card. Everyone had fun when trying to get to the top of this ‘snake and latter’ type of game. We also played the ‘Yarn game’ (Session 12: Building Social Support), which consists or saying things that we appreciate from each other, while the yarn is making its way to each participant showing that everyone is connected.

KCA workers playing the Fish and Canoe game

Then on December 12, we met with Elders. At each session, their Teachings and stories that relate to the weekly theme are so important for family wellness. When talking about the ‘Tree of Life’ activity, it generated the idea of creating a new video that would transmit Teachings about different trees.

Elders and workers at KCA

On December 13, we met with managers at KCA to discuss budget and program delivery.

On December 14 and 15, Cindy Piche and Dominique trained two new facilitators, Chanda and Kyle from the MA MAWI WI CHI ITATA Centre in Winnipeg and Michelle from the Canadian Mental Health Association of Manitoba. This new group has received their own funding from a private organization and will also be part of the ongoing program evaluation.

Dominique, Kyle, Michelle, Chanda and Cindy

With them, we reviewed the 14 sessions. At Session 1 (Welcoming Feast), we explained the Turtle game that is played with the ‘Value’ cards on the outer scales. The same board game is used at Session 2 (Family), but this time with the ‘Moon Cycle’ cards on the inner scales. Each time, tobacco cards are distributed to the teams. If needed, players can use a card to ask advice from the Elder.

Playing the Turtle game

We are almost at the end of 2017. We would like to take a moment to thank you all for the good work that was accomplished this year. We also wish you a wonderful time with family and friends during the Holiday period. Our hopes are that in 2018, the Listening to One Another to Grow Strong Family and School programs will be delivered in many communities. Looking forward to continue this work in progress…

From the former and current members of the research Team in Montreal: Laurence, Eli, Nicole, Cassandra, Amanda, Sophie, Gregory and Dominique : – )

To facilitators: We always appreciate getting feedback after each session. What about the Tree of Life activity? How is it working out in your community or school?

 

To consolidate the skills learned from session to session, each family will create a Tree of Life over the course of the program. Symbolically, the roots, trunk, branches and fruits represent: wisdom from the past, family values, skills, and ideas for the future. At the end of the program, the trees will be displayed on a mural showing the strengths acquired by the families: A forest of strengths.

News from Whitehorse, The Pas, Kenora, and Winnipeg

Whitehorse airport

Whitehorse, Yukon; September 25-27: The annual gathering of the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) was held this year in Whitehorse, Yukon. Nicole, Howard and Dominique met other researchers and community members from various CIHR projects, which all have the mandate to improve Indigenous health. Outside the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre, an Elder conducted the opening prayer around a fire on the shore of the Yukon river. Inside, we had the chance to view many cultural items, watch the performance of local dancers, and listen to a very funny storyteller. We also had interesting discussions on different topics:

For instance, regarding the concept of  ‘Scaling-Up’, many participants asked to reconsider its meaning. What about scaling-up the ‘quality of the relationships’ rather than counting numbers of program delivery? This focus on the process might bring other types of significant results. For instance, over the years, many former LTOA facilitators and coordinators have returned to school and/or have moved on to other important professional work, which is also a meaningful way to view the concept of scaling up.

Nicole and Howard in front of the beautiful Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre in Whitehorse, Yukon

In another workshop, the CIHR group wanted to know about our ideas regarding best practices to sustain partnerships and community engagement, we have emphasized:

  • The values and practices that build trust, such as when researchers and team partners listen to each other and respectfully work together to address challenges and find solutions.
  • The imperativeness of providing encouragements and being grateful, such as being thankful for everyone’s participation, whether is is at the training sessions, regional Talking Circles or the annual Two-Eyed Seeing Evaluation (TESE) meeting, and for all the tasks that are accomplished at the community level.
  • The research methods that ensure confidentiality and protection for participants to feel safe and supported when sharing their experiences.

One of the workshops discussed health consequences from being marginalized as it is sometime experienced by the Indigenous LGBT+ community.  We were asked to think on ways to improve this situation within our own project. So we are forwarding this question to those of you who deliver the program. Please tell us your ideas on this issue. One possibility would be to insert in the Facilitator Manual a recommendation to include talks on two-spirited people or sexual orientations, may be within Session 11: ‘Appreciating our Differences and Preventing Discrimination‘. We should also think about the impact of colonization that might have “severely damaged, fragmented, or even lost”* related local teachings (Cameron; 2005).

During this 2-day meeting, a moment was dedicated for writing messages to the families of missing or murdered Indigenous girls and women. Many attendees were personally touched by this gesture. Before sending the wishes, they were first posted on the wall that was covered by hearts filled with love and support.

The Pas, Manitoba; September 29-30: Jonathon, the new Swampy Cree coordinator, had invited a mix of new and current facilitators to the Training session. Cornelius Constant, an Elder from Opaskwayak Cree Nation opened the meeting. Rose, Margaret, Grace, Stephanie, Irene, Eli and Dominique reviewed together the Facilitator Manual, the safety plan, and the budget allocated to each community. Margaret, who has delivered the program 3 times in the past, shared her experience and answered questions about how to handle some situations. At lunch time, Rosie from the accounting office came to join us. The day ended by playing both the ‘Turtle’ and the ‘Fish and Canoe’ games. We reviewed the rules that can easily be adapted for younger players. Then, we distributed the 2017-18 materials including a USB key and the program related games to the coordinator and to each facilitator.

Margaret and her grand-mother watching the video on a computer

On September 30, Margaret watched for the first time the video that was filmed in Montreal by the Wapikoni crew that is titled: EPSI – NISTOM – ASKEW – ACHIMOWIN (Long ago, first earth story). Margaret confirmed that both narrations, Cree and English that are heard almost simultaneously, were correctly edited. The next step is to insert animation on the video, which will be done by a young artist, Raymond Caplan, who will draw various living things, such as animals and plants.

Eli and Dominique also had the opportunity to meet Margaret’s grand-mother, a cool 99 years old Cree speaker, who also watched the video. Margaret’s kokum was impressed by her grand-daughter: Margaret is a good storyteller and looks great on camera!

Kenora, Ontario; October 2: Nelly, the new Anishinabe coordinator met with Eli and Dominique. We reviewed the coordinating tasks, which are also explained in details in the coordinator binder. Unfortunately, we were recently informed that Nelly will not be able to continue her work with us. The Kenora Chiefs Advisory has now posted the position on its website. Probably in November, when the new coordinator is hired, facilitators will be invited to attend the training session in Kenora.

We also had lunch with Cindy Piché, and of course, she misses us (lol!). Later in the afternoon, we met Carolyn Kokokopenace, who has told us that being a facilitator might have helped her obtain a board member position on the Kenora Health Board. Congratulations Carolyn! This organization is planning the construction of a new hospital that will include Indigenous perspectives.

Winnipeg, Manitoba; October 3: The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) has received funding from the Bell Foundation that will cover, among other services, the cost of the LTOA program delivery, which will be offered at the MA MAWI WI CHI ITATA Centre, an organization that provides many services to the urban Indigenous population in Winnipeg. Marion Cooper and her CMHA team, as well as Diana Redsky and two of her colleagues from the MA MAWI WI CHI ITATA centre have met with Eli and I in order to know more about the program’s content and materials. The challenge will be to offer a relevant program to families with various First Nation background. Dr. Laurence Kirmayer, the principle investigator, has already discussed this issue with Indigenous scholars. A 3-day cultural adaptation and training workshop should be scheduled shortly with Elders, knowledge keepers, and facilitators.

Funding: For those of you who are actively looking for funds: The next call for Bell funding application will open in January 2018.

https://letstalk.bell.ca/en/community-fund

Reference: *Cameron, Michelle. (2005). Two-spirited Aboriginal people: Continuing cultural appropriation by non-Aboriginal society. Canadian Women Studies, 24 (2/3), 123–127

 

 

 

TESE meeting 2017

The annual Two-Eyed Seeing Evaluation (TESE) meeting was held in Montreal from September 19 to 21. We were honoured by the presence of Amelia Tekwatonti McGregor, a wonderful Mohawk Elder from Kahnawake, who conducted the Opening Ceremony. “Let our minds come together as one mind … Teiethinonhwerá:ton ne Onkwehshón:’a…

Together, researchers and First Nations partners (Secwepemc, BC; Swampy Cree, MB; and Anishinabe, ON) reviewed feedback received over the last year from participants and facilitators regarding the program’s content and also on some of the challenges that communities sometimes have encountered. Participants from all ages indicated that they enjoy being together. It underscores the importance of providing healthy meals and a safe space for the program delivery. Youth and adults also report their appreciation for the Elder’s story. The lessons embedded in the Teachings are followed by a discussion, which gives the opportunity to talk about daily concerns and to learn from each other (wisdom from within the circle). The local Indigenous worldview is also appreciated as it is mentioned in this following quote: “I learned that I want my children to grow up traditionally and [I will] try [to] learn the language”. We have also received positive feedback from caregivers who report feeling confident about their parenting skills. For example, this quote written after Session 3: “the activities have helped knowing what kinds of skills, values I want my child to grow up with and finding out how they can achieve them”.

At the end of Day 1, two young Wapikoni video producers came to our office to film the attendees, who shared their thoughts about the day-discussions. The idea is to communicate the research outcomes to community members and former participants. Once these short videos will be edited, we hope to present them in community gatherings.

Figure 1: Amelia, Aaron, Deanna, Eli, Dennis, Nicole, Laurence, Jonathon, Yvonne, Howard, Margaret, Dominique and Madeleine.

On Day 2, we identified the program components that were the most susceptible to promote family wellness. For example, at Session 12, the strength-based activity that is often mentioned is the ‘Yarn Circle Activity’. It provides an opportunity to say positive things about each other and shows how everyone is connected to each other. A facilitator starts this activity, by throwing a ball of yarn to a participant telling how his/her presence is appreciated. The person who receives the compliment and the ball of yarn continues the process by tossing the ball to someone else in the circle and saying what they appreciate about this person. Everyone says and receives a positive comment, which reinforces strengths as opposed to pointing out negative behaviours.

Regarding things to be improved, it was reported that sometimes, too many activities are proposed in the Manual and facilitators aren’t always able to complete each one of them. To select the activities that fit the needs and interests of the group, facilitators are recommended to review the session ahead of time and to prioritize accordingly. It was also mentioned that the new ‘Family Tree’ activity needed to be better explained at the training session. This activity was integrated in 2017 in order to develop a visual representation of all the items that participants want to remember from the 14 sessions. Along the course of the program, each family is creating a tree with:

  • Roots that represent their cultural heritage,
  • A trunk to insert their family values
  • Leaves and branches that show the skills they have learned
  • Acorns or fruits to symbolise their visions for the future.

At Session 13, a mural with the trees of each family is created to represent a forest of strengths, which will be posted on the wall at graduation (Session 14). Families are invited to explain the meanings embedded in their respective tree to the relatives and guests attending the celebration. This collaborative artwork stimulates participants to discuss their learnings.

The creation of an art piece that can be brought home also increases participants’ self-esteem. This outcome was observed by Dr. Jaswant Guzder, pediatrician and researcher who has now moved to Vancouver and is on the process of partnering with an Indigenous group from this region. She presented the ‘Dream a World’ program that was delivered in Jamaican schools over the last 15 years, in which artistic activities have helped many vulnerable youths feel proud of themselves. Similarly, Deanna Cook shared about a new program that was offered to the youth at the Splatsin Teaching Society centre over the summer months. In this program too, participants were also proud of creating different traditional items, which they were happy to bring home. Deanna was impressed by the benevolence of former program participants, who were helping out and acting as role model when, for instance, it was time to clean up at the end of the meal.

Figure 2 Reviewing feedback received from participants and facilitators

Later on, Nicole D’souza, a young McGill researcher, who is coordinating the CIHR grant with the mandate to evaluate the implementation process, presented some ideas on ways to share our experiential knowledge that we have acquired over the years from participating to the adaption, delivery and evaluation of the program. Key-stakeholders, such as facilitators, coordinators or leaders could be interviewed so that their insight would inform other groups about possible barriers and most importantly, provide a list of solutions that might contribute to the success of a program implementation. Possibly former participants would also be asked about the skills they have learned and how they have used them in their daily life.

Each year, we try to integrate more items that reflect the richness of the First Nation cultures. In 2016-17, the Elders were invited to further adapt the program by telling local stories that have been transmitted to them by their Elders. To inspire them, the Facilitator Manual provides examples of stories and videos that relate to the theme of the sessions. For the next version of the Manual in 2018, we hope to receive more stories from each community. It will be the last version of the Manual since funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada is ending in March 2018. After this date, each regional Indigenous institution will have to find new sources of funding in order to continue offering the program to the surrounding communities. A workshop on funding opportunities and on grant application was given by Madeleine Pawlowski, who has also developed informative booklets on this topic.

Finally, we watched a new video that was recorded by StrongFront TV (Winnipeg, MB), in which Howard Copenace tells the Anishinabe Creation Story to a group of youth. Then, Deanna’s son, Aaron Leon, showed us an ‘Augmented Reality App’ that activates on a piece of paper a traditional Secwepemc story, in which former participants to the program are main actors. AMAZING! It was a nice way to end the day as these accomplishments give us more energy for this year’s program delivery.

On September 21, it was Margaret Ballantyne’s turn to be filmed by the Wapikoni crew as she told the Cree Creation Story. To add visual components to the story, a Mi’gmaq artist, Raymond Caplan, will insert animated drawings to the video. Also, at the sound studio, various First Nation representatives were asked to translate in their languages a video that helps youth understand the impact of anger on others. Hence youth will listen to a video in their native language with English subtitles, which might help them learn new words, while at the same time learning about the impact of anger on others. They will discuss together about things that make them angry and ways that might help a person to calm down. We are looking forward to include these new videos into the respective versions of the program.

Figure 3: Jonathon Weenusk, new Swampy Cree Coordinator, is reviewing the Cree translation for the video: “The Child that hammered nails” that helps youths understand the impact of anger. Figure 4: Margaret Ballantyne, a program facilitator, is recording the English translation of EPSI (Long ago) NISTOM (First) ASKEW (Earth) ACHIMOWIN (Story) with Simon Walls (Wapikoni).

Sharing Circle in The Pas (May 2017)

Dominique, Ron, Rosie and Eli

On May 23, Ron Cook, the regional coordinator, organized a sharing circle at the Cree Nation Tribal Health Centre in The Pas. Facilitators, who delivered the program in the Swampy Cree communities in 2016-17, were invited to provide feedback about the new updated Manual and booklets. Sylvia Grey and Patricia Anne Head from Mosakahiken, Jeff Easter from Chemawawin, Delores Hather from Wuskwi Sipihk, Catherine Rickard from Sapotaweyak, and Margaret Ballantyne from Pukatawagan told Eli and I about this year’s delivery. We were also honoured by the presence of Cornelius Constant, an Elder from Opaskwayak. Cornelius is collaborating with our team to translate Cree language video testimonies from Elders’ in the communities we’re partnered with. Future participants will be able to watch these videos throughout the program, and see Elders from their region speak on a range of different themes.

We’ll be using the feedback we received to improve next year’s delivery of the program. Here are some of our take home messages from this year’s meeting in The Pas:

  • Program deliveries will be streamlined if all the material is printed out before the start of the program.
  • Participants, and especially the youth, would appreciate if we reduced the amount of reading in the booklets and the questionnaires.
  • Three items motivate families to attend the sessions: the meal, the transportation (often provided by facilitators themselves), and the graduation gifts, which also act as promotional material for the program, as word of mouth spreads in the community.
  • The Elder’s teachings and stories captivate youth and adults, and participants are especially receptive when the Elder offers Cree teachings.
  • The booklets play a key role in stimulating discussion. It may take some time before participants feel comfortable sharing their thoughts.
  • Participants really enjoy the Yarn Circle activity. Facilitators report that parents and youth appreciate the opportunity to reflect on one another’s good qualities. The web of thread helps ilustrate how participants are interconnected and impacted by one another.
  • The cultural components are important since the youth in some communities don’t have many opportunities to learn their language or other links to the Cree culture.
  • The sessions provide a space where people can rally around one another to support one another. Facilitators see the program as a platform that allows them to share their vision for their communities.

On behalf of all our teams across Canada, we also would like to congratulate and wish a lot of happiness to Rosie Agecoutay who is getting married this summer. Similarly to Kim in Kenora, Anne in Splatsin, and Michel in Montreal, Rosie is the CNTHC financial person who balances budget and expenses. She has also shared this kit below.

Thank you to all of you for your meaningful work.

Dominique : – )

Rosie has made this Anti-Depression Kit:

PENNY so you will never say, “I’m broke“.

An ERASER so you can make all your mistakes disappear.

A MARBLE in case someone says, “you’ve lost your marbles“.

A RUBBER BAND to stretch yourself beyond your limits.

A STRING to tie things together when everything falls apart.

A HUG and KISS to remind you that someone, somewhere cares about YOU!

March 2017: Training videos

Carla, Clara, Carolyn and Cindy in Grassy Narrows ON.

We are in the process of making training videos so that the program’s facilitators will be able to watch a description of each session before delivering it. We will continue the filming during the upcoming regional Sharing Circles and training sessions.

Delores and her son in Wuskwi Sipihk Cree Nation MB.


The pictures are showing some of the participants and facilitators who we met in the Anishinabe and Swampy Cree regions.

Some of the participants, facilitators, Elders and Ron in Sapotaweyak Cree Nation MB

These new videos will ensure autonomous delivery once the research project has ended. Thank you for your participation. Dominique 🙂

Another dream: What about a ‘Listening To One Another’ bus? Could we borrow the local school bus to transport participants to the weekly sessions in each community?

All Aboard! Parents, Elders, youth, siblings and facilitators.

Or may be a Caribou ride?

Can you please bring us to our Listening to One Another session?

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