What does Truth and Reconciliation mean for you, for us? Pathways is on a journey to answer this question as an organization, and with our community.
Click here to read our latest blog on the Final Report and Calls to Action.
Today we’re highlighting an important Call to Action in our journey: Call to Action #5
“We call upon the federal, provincial, territorial, and Aboriginal governments to develop culturally appropriate parenting programs for Aboriginal families.”
Although the Call to Action itself is addressed to governments, community organizations are integral to its implementation. Not only do many of us already develop and offer parenting programs in our communities, but we also go to great lengths to build strong relationships with families every day.
Call to Action #5 is at the heart of our Family Lodge programming.
Here at Pathways, a Kokum’s (Cree for Grandmother) Council convenes up to four times a year (every season) to guide us in offering our home-visitation and parenting programs. At the Kokum’s Council, we first begin in ceremony and then share in circle with women from many nations. We develop our Indigenous parenting programs in this way, but also continually draw on the guidance and teachings to support the families we work with and our daily practice.
Because we work in an urban centre, we seek guidance from Elders of many nations so that all of our families feel comfortable and respected.
The Kokum’s Council is one example of how we work from an Indigenous worldview to deliver culturally grounded parenting programs. Click here to find out more about our parenting programs.
We invite you to share how your organization is responding to this Call to Action in the comments section below.