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 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. The group is facilitated by an Indigenous Knowledge Keeper or Trauma-Informed Artist and an Elder and Domestic Violence Advocate are present at every group session. Evaluation of the project will include both quantitative measures and Indigenous qualitative methods.
Nato’ we ho win consists of a 3-hour evening group session once per week for 12 weeks. The group was piloted in Moose Jaw March- May 2017 and will run in Moose Jaw, Regina, and Prince Albert (Saskatchewan) September- December 2017. Following that, the group will run in the three communities again in January 2018 and September 2018.
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. Intake for September 2017 will begin later this summer.
For other questions about the project, please contact PATHS (Jo-Anne or Crystal) at 306-522-3515.
Lisa Neuls, left, and Barb Frazer, right, display partially finished beaded belts the women have been working on as part of Nato’ we ho win, a new program that uses Indigenous cultural traditions to help women heal from domestic violence. (Rachel Zelniker/CBC)
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. This project will take place from october 2016 to August 2020.
Partners include: PATHS member agencies, Indigenous Knowledge Keepers (Barbara Frazer, Norma Rabbitskin, and Willie Ermine), University of Regina (Dr. JoLee Sasakamoose, Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology & Dr. Nicholas Carleton, Associate Professor, Psychology), and Moose Jaw Art Museum and Gallery.
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