Family Violence Initiative
COMPENDIUM OF PROMISING PRACTICES TO REDUCE VIOLENCE AND INCREASE SAFETY OF ABORIGINAL WOMEN IN CANADA – COMPENDIUM ANNEX: DETAILED PRACTICE DESCRIPTIONS
Healing and Renewal of Family Roles and Responsibilities
- Program name:
Wahbung Abinoonjiiag Inc.
Wahbung Abinoonjiiag Inc.
- Target Group:
Women and children.
- Contact Name:
Wahbung Abinoonjiiag was jointly established in 1994 by three sister organizations – the Native Women's Transition Centre, North End Women's Centre and Ikwe Widjittiwin. Wahbung is open to anyone who is involved in a family violence situation and is referred from one of the sister organizations.
- Goals & Objectives:
To empower children and families to break the cycle of violence through holistic healing; and to provide a program that is culturally sensitive and therapeutically based.
- Traditional/Indigenous ways:
Wahbung Abinoonjiiag Inc. uses the traditional knowledge of Aboriginal ancestors in its service delivery approach. Wahbung has four modules per year, each module represents a direction of the Medicine Wheel and each lesson represents one of the Seven Sacred teachings.
- Components of program:
The program offers three core sessions running twice a week for ten weeks: a children's program that incorporates attachment and trauma theories that strengthen the families' social skills; a youth program that focuses on cultural teachings, healthy social interaction, self-identity and fostering normal development; and a women's program that provides information, support and advocacy. The facility fosters the creation of a healing/sharing network among clientele. The sessions are attached to the four directions of the Medicine Wheel.
- Services/How they work:
Services are provided on site at the facility.
Funding is provided by the Province of Manitoba's Violence Protection Program; and the Public Health Agency of Canada's Community Action Program for Children.
Relationships and Stakeholders
- Involvement of Target Groups:
Participants decide what they want to learn about in each group.
the Native Women's Transition Centre; North End Women's Centre and Ikwe Widjittiwin; and Child and Family Services.
- Other relationships:
Details of Program Evaluation
No evaluation has been completed.
- Highlights of Evaluation Findings:
- Measures of Success:
Success is measured by the number of participants enrolled in the programming, community feedback, end of session client evaluations, and the staff's progress notes on each client.
Graduates of the one year program can return and facilitate new groups in the program.
Obtaining funding. Transience of clientele.
Things to Know to Replicate
- Replication Advice:
The program is considered replicable. No advice given.
Adequate funding, trained staff and facility space are required to ensure program's success.
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