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Indigenous culture is rooted in an understanding of the integral connection of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Wholistic practice flows from this foundation of understanding. Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag is committed to provide services that are strength-based, optimistic, affirming and empowering for children, youth, families and communities with participatory decision making involving families, extended family, Elders and the community.
Diversity and Bi-Cultural Practice
Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag recognizes the diversity among First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples and we understand each is unique, with different strengths, needs, resources and aspirations. Our service model is designed to respect these differences and to promote responsibility and participation by First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, in decisions affecting their families, children and youth. While some people within the different communities choose to embrace Indigenous spiritual practices, others follow a religious faith. Others still, choose not to follow any one spiritual path. Different traditions have different approaches to healing, counselling, and treatment. Bi-cultural practice means Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag will respect and access traditional Indigenous healing ceremonies and practices, as well as mainstream assessment and treatment, depending on the needs and desires of the children, youth, and families we serve.
Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag wishes to be proactive in partnership with the First Nations, Métis and Inuit in developing a model to reconnect children and youth lost to the communities through adoption or permanent long term care in the child welfare system. The intent is to help strengthen relationships and to assist in the healing of wounds from the past. Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag is committed to assist in the development of a support service in partnership with the communities including advocacy for those necessary resources.
First Nations, Métis and Inuit reclamation of responsibility for ensuring the safety and well-being of children, youth and families is supported by Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag. In our interventions we are committed to providing services from a “best practice approach” and in fact will strive to move beyond and create new and better ways. Firstly, we will engage children, youth, families and communities in the intervention process. Such an empowering process will ensure child and youth safety and well-being is sustained. We will work in collaboration with the communities to develop the resources and supports to redress child maltreatment through a collaborative process and by sharing with communities when we are aware of “promising practices” in other First Nations.
Early Intervention And Support Programs
Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag is committed to providing early intervention, treatment and support services to communities to prevent child maltreatment, and to strengthen and support family functioning. Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag is committed to assessing the needs in the communities and advocating for the resources to deliver needed services.
Please see the complete Service Model document in the Resources section of our Website.