Nato’ we ho win (pronounced “natawayhowin” is Cree for “The Art of Self-Healing”) is an innovative program that addresses the mental and physical health needs of women who have experienced intimate partner violence and self-identify as Indigenous. The program consists of trauma-informed, artistic, and cultural programming. Participants will engage in cultural and creative activities to increase stress management skills, social support networks and knowledge of traditional Indigenous culture and to address health and social issues related to colonialism. Evaluation of the project will include both quantitative measures and Indigenous qualitative methods.
Nato’ we ho win will include a weekly group (3-hour evening session once per week). The first group will begin in Moose Jaw on March 8, finishing at the end of May. Women who wish to participate are asked to agree to attend weekly and to participate in research to evaluate the program. Assistance with childcare and transportation are available. Compensation for participation will also be provided. For more information, to sign up, or to refer a participant to the group, please contact PATHS (Jo-Anne or Crystal) at 306-522-3515.
Starting in September 2017, Nato’ we ho win will run in 3 Saskatchewan communities: Prince Albert, Regina, and Moose Jaw.
Nato’ we ho win (formerly titled Creative Solutions to Easing Victimization’s Effects) is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada through the Supporting the Health of Victims of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse through Community Programs funding stream.
Partners include: PATHS member agencies, University of Regina (Dr. JoLee Sasakamoose, Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology & Dr. Nicholas Carleton, Associate Professor, Psychology), and Indigenous Knowledge Keepers (Barbara Frazer, Norma Rabbitskin, and Willie Ermine), Common Weal Community Arts, and Moose Jaw Art Museum and Gallery.
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