Total $113,613—17 projects
Arrowhead Foundation/Ishaawin Family Resources—Thunder Bay, Ont.
Leadership Training and Healing Support Groups
To train leaders and to establish healing support groups in order to address the needs of physical and sexual abuse survivors and their descendants of the residential school system. The project will identify and enhance the skills of leaders in healing in: Fort Hope, Lansdowne House, Webequie, Lac Seul, Sandy Lake, Big Trout Lake and Deer Lake. (Diocese of Agloma)
Burntwood Community Health Resource Center—Thompson, Man.
Healing Camp 2000
Family violence issues along with many other issues in the aboriginal community are only signs and symptoms of a “broken” people. To bring the process of healing, programs must include the acknowledgement of the impacts of the past (colonization: residential schools). This camp will bring families and communities together to create wellness plans for each community; and establish support networks with local resource workers to continue the healing process. (Diocese of Keewatin)
Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association—Sault Set Marie, Ont.
Shingwauk Reunion July 2000: Shingwauk’s Vision in the Seventh Generation.
A gathering of sharing, healing and learning for all who attended, worked in or have been affected by any of the residential schools. This special project will promote healing and learning and that is, to collect and share the memories and tangible memorabilia about the schools much of which has been preserved by former staff and by the churches. (Diocese of Algoma)
Christ Church Anglican Mission, Sagkeeng First Nation—Fort Alexander, Man.
Hope for Healing in Christ Jesus 9 Steps
Realizing Powerlessness; Acknowledging Victory in Christ; Experiencing Freedom from Shame & Guilt; Discovering Self-Identity; Sharing Feelings; Accepting Responsibility; Forgiving; Maturing in Relationship with God & Others; Ministering to Others.
The community of Sagkeeng F.N. has approx. 5000 people. The Roman Catholic Church ran the Residential School there and the Anglicans were sent off to schools in Brandon or Dauphin, MB. There is over 80% unemployment and many live on welfare now where once the people were self-sustaining. There is a lot of alcohol & drug abuse and the cycle of abuse (physical, emotional, sexual, verbal, alcohol, drugs) continues for many women and children. Hope for Healing in Christ Jesus adopted the 9-step program from The Becomers Program and use sharing circles and one-on-one Counseling provided by a professional therapist. (Diocese of Keewatin)
Diocese of Keewatin—Keewatin, Ont.
Gillam/Bird Reconciliation Project
To help the faith communities in Gillam and Bird develop a cross-cultural faith community that respects all participants and promotes sharing, growth, and understanding among its members and services as an example t other faith communities and those of the wider world. (Diocese of Keewatin)
Diocese of the Arctic—Kuujjuaq, Que.
Diocesan Youth Conference
This youth conference will bring Inuit youth together with church leadership to celebrate, learn, think, debate, and discover life; to encourage one another, to share, and to pursue a lifestyle dedicated to excellence. The conference looks at building leadership qualities, career development, achievements, relationships, challenges, vision, and programs. (Diocese of the Arctic)
Diocese of Qu’Appelle
Healing and reconciliation ministry
Healing and reconciliation ministry centered at Gordon’s First Nations and in neighbouring communities. To work with survivors of the residential school system in the area of grief and recovery and to work in partnership with the Archdeacon in the Gordon’s First Nation as a priest and spiritual care giver and work in the Regina with the Archdeacon both of whom will provide support and supervision and to be a bridge between the various communities and the structures of the Diocese of Qu’Appelle. (Diocesan Initiative)
Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations—Saskatoon, Sask.
Training for Critical Incident Stress Management Techniques.
Two week of intensive training for First Nations participants working with residential school issues. Participants will be certified in Critical Incident Stress Management techniques for working with the intergenerational traumas that arise. (Diocese of Saskatoon)
Henry Budd College for Ministry—The Pas, Man.
Gospel Music Jamboree 2000 – Healing Our Youth.
Healing Our Youth – building upon last year’s healing workshops. The jamboree includes evening musical program, testimonies and healing ministry. The radio ministry is an effective media to reach northern communities. (Diocese of Brandon)
Native Canadian Centre of Toronto—Toronto, Ont.
14th Traditional Awareness Gathering.
This grant sponsors one Elder’s expenses to participate in this gathering being held at the Ryerson Polytechnic University in downtown Toronto. Together with other traditional aboriginal elders and teachers they will provide a series of workshops for aboriginal and non-aboriginal people to learn and understand more about aboriginal culture. (Diocese of Toronto)
Native Counselling Services of Alberta—Edmonton, Alta.
In Search of Your Warrior Facilitator Training.
This grant will enable one scholarship for a Metis individual to be trained, for four consecutive weeks, as a community facilitator who will provide training and support to local community service providers, who work with families and individuals with rage disorders. (Diocese of Edmonton)
Niagara Chapter of Native Women—Fort Erie, Ont.
Impacts of Residential Schools II on First Nations Individuals, Families, Community and Culture
In April 2000, the NCNW held a one-day conference that had such a positive response that they are planning a two-day conference in April 2001. The two-day forum will provide community members a place to share with each other about their experiences to promote healing. It is hoped that this will provide a beginning of self-awareness for both Native and non-Native participants to promote mutual understanding. Participants have identified attending the Mohawk Institute (Brantford), Spanish, Shingwauk, and Thomas Indian School. (Niagara Diocese)