Mamewpitaw-Family Preservation Program

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10105- 97 Ave 

Grande Prairie, AB, T8V-0N5

(Upstairs – ring buzzer)

Phone: 780-539-7522

FAX: 780-814-5704

Staff:

Abby Bourque (Program Coordinator)

Donna MacFarlane (Administrative Support)

Desiree Adams (Family Preservation Worker)

Claudia Fuentes (Family Preservation Worker)

Anita Charles (Family Finder)

Shelly Logan (Family Pres. Worker -SV)

Mark Cook – (Family Preservation Worker – Youth)


 

Mamewpitaw (Cree word meaning Family Gathers Together Again).

Mamewpitaw is an early intervention program for families at risk or families desirous of reunification.

Mamewpitaw works with the traditional teaching of the Medicine Wheel in that Aboriginal person are made up of four parts, (Spirit, Emotion, Mind, and Body). These four components helps the person/persons to see, feel, know, and do.

Working within the partnership of Children & Family Services Authority Mamewpitaw will provide opportunities that will improve the well-being and self-reliance of urban Aboriginal people involved with Region 8 Child and Family Services.

Within this partnership the Mamewpitaw team provides support guided by the Seven Sacred Teachings (Love, Courage, Humility, Wisdom, Honesty, Truth, and Respect.) Because of this foundation all of us are there to meet the needs of the children with respect, mutual goals, and gathering families together.

Cultural Teachings; Spirituality

  • The foundation and strength of all programs and services depends upon sharing information from local culture and tradition
1) Elders Teachings

2) Cultural Healing

3) Ceremonies
Family Enhancement Program:

Life Skills

The main focus of life skills coaching is to work on goals set out by the case worker and the client by enhancing their parenting skills, confidence, and understanding of child development so they are better able to meet the needs of their children

Parenting between Two Worlds

The main goal for this program is to teach respect, belonging, love, honoring, humility, courage, and wisdom by way of parenting between a Traditional View and the Western View

1) Collaborative relationships

2) Safe visitation

3) Teaching Circles

Connecting Champions:

This program will provide youth in care or at risk with healthy, youthful and cultural role models. The role models will provide services to youth that may reside in foster homes, kinship homes, group homes, or live independently.

Cultural connections through ceremony

1) Identity/Relationships

2) Cultural practices

3) Mentoring/Guidance