Nato’ we ho win (pronounced “natawayhowin”) is Cree for “The Art of Self-Healing.” Nato’ we ho win 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 intimate partner violence.
The group is facilitated by an Indigenous Knowledge Keeper or Trauma-Informed Artist. An Elder and Domestic Violence Advocate are present at every group session. Nato’ we ho win consists of a 3-hour evening group session once per week for 12 weeks, with a 13th session for research activities.
PATHS received funding for Nato’ we ho win from the Public Health Agency of Canada through the Supporting the Health of Victims of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse through Community Programs funding stream (2016- 2020). The group was piloted in Moose Jaw March- May 2017 and ran in three times each in Moose Jaw, Regina, and Prince Albert (Saskatchewan) between 2017 and 2018.
Preliminary Research Results:
- Poster Presentation (2019): Nato’ we ho win: Exploring Protective Factors to Engage Resiliency
- Poster Presentation (2019): Nato’ we ho win: Using Cultural Expressive-Arts to Develop Resiliency
- Poster Presentation (2020): Nato’ we ho win: Using Cultural Expressive-Arts to Build Resilience. Presented at the 25th San Diego International Summit on Violence, Abuse and Trauma Across the Lifespan.
- More research results coming soon!
Partners include PATHS member agencies, Indigenous Knowledge Keepers (Barbara Frazer, Norma Rabbitskin, and Willie Ermine), and Dr. Nicholas Carleton & Dr. JoLee Sasakamoose from the University of Regina. Project teams in all three communities consisted of Elders, Facilitators/Artists, Domestic Violence Advocates, Childminding Organizers, additional Childminders, and Research Assistants.
Through this project, PATHS is part of the Community of Practice at the Knowledge Hub (Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children, Faculty of Education, Western University). Information about Nato’ we ho win as well as other Community of Practice projects and more about the Community of Practice members is available through these links.
Click here to read media articles about the project.
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)