What We Do
Mission & Vision
The Red Road Healing Society is a not for profit Child and Family Resource Center that is accessible, friendly, safe, warm, welcoming and free. Holistic wellness programming for children, youth and families is provided that utilizes a variety of Indigenous cultural perspectives, knowledge and practices. Outreach to the community occurs regularly through home visits, school liaison and special events. Role modeling is exemplified (and required in The Red Road Healing Society’s staff policies) by everyone that works at the centre. Childcare is also provided and whole families are welcomed. Through a variety of professional services designed, developed and delivered to meet the specific needs of the people in the community, the agency maintains a client driven approach that reflects wholistic wellbeing. In turn, this approach strives to balance our clients’ Earth walk, and assist our people in the community with moving forward in their lives.
There are no fees for services and programs and everyone is welcome!
It is important to begin to remove the initial barriers of generational trauma by providing professional services for Aboriginal people by Aboriginal people. Through this professional Indigenous approach to programs and services, we help our people remember, restore and renew their traditional teachings and values; thereby, bringing balance and wellness back into their lifestyle. Only then, can we truly assist our people in moving forward with their lives in the sense of education and career development.
Our inputs are a variety of programs and services along with professional and assistant staff, partners, facilities, food, equipment, knowledge, materials, office supplies, ceremonial items, musical instruments, transportation, books, videos, childcare and elders.
The Red Road Healing Society offers a variety of programs and services in the day and evening such as; addictive lifestyle workshops, adolescent programs, annual events, Baby, Think It Over, career development, children’s programs, collective kitchens, counselling, crafts, culture night, educational services, family programs, family violence workshops, grieving workshops, healing circles, health services, home support, legal services, literacy, longhouse gathering night, parenting, prevention (in sense abuse, anger, criminal behavior, grieving, violence etceteras), referral, seasonal events, school outreach, social services, soup and bannock, storytelling, summer kids camp, survivor workshops, tipi-making, and 12 step work. The Akicita youth program and Turtle Island Tiny Tots headstart program is also available when funding permits.
The annual events that occur throughout the year are the; Kids Halloween Party, Talent Show, Christmas Pageant, Welcoming the Light, Round Dance, Valentines Dance, Kiwani Owapi, Spring Break For Kids, Annual Pow Wow, Celebrating the Resurgence of the Buffalo Spirit Gather Herbs, Ceremony, National Aboriginal Week
Our outputs are (for example) the number of programs attended by people in the community, the number of people that attended each program, the number of activities that took place, the number of children attending and the number of people that were fed. Also the number of hours of services that were provided by the various staff is a specific output, plus the number of times that the program occurred during the week, month or year.
*There are no fees and everyone is welcome to take programs or to just drop by for coffee and visit
Short Term Our people stop drinking, stop the violence and being to practice the principles and values of our Indigenous lifeways. They become less isolated and they begin to find the direction, guidance, knowledge and wisdom that they need to come into balance with Mother Earth. They begin to develop self-awareness, self-worth and self-esteem.
Mid Term Our people begin to become conscious of their own choices; in that, they will see how 'in turn' affects their lives and the lives of those around them... their families and loved ones. And, that our people will develop creativity more and begin to realize their place in the revitalization movement of Indigenous lifeways across Turtle Island; and thus start moving forward with their lives.
Long Term Our people continue to be guided and empowered to become everything the Creator intended them to be... and for them to actually witness their creative process within the larger hoop of Indigenous Peoples across Mother Earth.
Indicators of Success
Primarily there is less violence, less addictive behaviours, less abuse, less teen pregnancies, less children being born with development delays (i.e FASD), less children in care, less dropping out of school, less “failure to appear in court”, less crime, less Indigenous people in the correctional centres and less poverty, sickness and mental disorders. Simultaneously, there is more literacy, more reasoning, and generally more “consciousness raising” towards what allows for life, and what shuts it down. This is witnessed (usually in staff observations and reports) by the following:
- Are making healthier choices
- Look after their needs more
- Have more self-esteem and success in relationships
- Are less isolated and absorbed into themselves
- Begin to become more involved in the centre learning about their culture and the impacts of generational trauma in their own lives
- Start helping others
- Begin to move beyond the client role… Families begin to get stronger
- Become part of the society and the community at large
- ARE MOVING FORWARD WITH THEIR LIVES
- Abstinence from mood-altering substances and codependent relationships
- Attendance sheets
- Children out of care
- Feedback forms
- Infant, child, adolescent, and youth assessments
- Interviews and focus groups
- Less developmentally delayed births
- Literacy assessments
- Participation in annual events
- Participation in ongoing ceremony
- Partners reports
- Pictures, stories, videos, DVDs
- Program specific assessments
- Self-esteem assessments
- Staff observations, reports, performance reviews