Traditional Regalia Making
*8 Week Program Currently Not Running*
8 week program
For Indigenous families with children birth to 6 years old. Make a traditional regalia for your child to dance in at our annual mini-teaching Powwow and learn the teachings associated with your Regalia.
Families with children ages 0-6 who live in New Westminster, Burnaby, and the Tri-Cities (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and Port Moody). Families will have the opportunity to learn and participate the process of making a drum and traditional teaching around drum making and drumming.
Pow Wow Dance Class
*Currently Not Running*
Families with children 0-6 who live in New Westminster, Burnaby, and the Tri-Cities (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and Port Moody) would have an opportunity to learn both male and female pow wow dances. These participants would then be able to showcase what they have learned at Spirit of the Children Society Annual Mini Teaching Pow wow.
Traditional Community Kitchen *Currently on Facebook*
Our community kitchen facilitator will share traditional teachings associated with food preparation, recipes, and stories to promote health and nutrition. Participants will prepare meals to take home for their family to enjoy. For more information, please contact Reception.
Men’s Support Circle
Mon 6:00pm to 8:00pm Via Zoom
This is a support circle for men who are facing challenges in their daily lives. The circle provides a safe place for men to express their challenges they are facing in a supportive environment.
Women’s Support Circle
Mon 6:00pm to 8:00pm Via Zoom
This is a support circle specifically for women who are facing challenges in their daily lives. The circle provides a safe place for women to express their challenges they are facing in a supportive environment.
Circle of Security
Thursdays 12:00pm to 2:00pm Via Zoom
8 week program
The Circle of Security® Parenting™ program is based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened. Using the COS-P model developed by the Circle of Security originators, our trained Facilitators work with parents and care-givers to help them to understand their child’s emotional world by learning to read emotional needs, support their child’s ability to successfully manage emotions, enhance the development of their child's self-esteem, and honour the innate wisdom and desire for their child to be secure. For more information please contact Reception.
Bringing Our Families Together
The Bringing Our Families Together Program (BOFT) provides supportive supervision for parents and children in care. The unique aspect of the program, in addition to supervision, is the supportive visitation workers providing guidance, parenting skills, and cultural teachings to the parents during the visit when challenging situations and/or discussion arise (that may be a barrier for the parents). This guided support is done in a cultural approach with the goal of strengthening their Traditional knowledge as parents. All referrals are submitted by a MCFD case social worker.
Family Strengthening Workers (FSW)
Provides a supportive environment to Indigenous families experiencing life challenges. They assist families in creating, or increasing, natural and extended family supports in the community and to assist families in developing specific strategies in dealing with family challenges. The FSW will support the Indigenous cultural spiritual beliefs and value systems of the families and will empower families to effectively meet their needs. Registration required.
Fatherhood & Motherhood is Sacred
Tues, Wed 6:00pm to 8:00pm | Sat 12:00am to 2:00pm currently on zoom
12 Week Program
Fatherhood and Motherhood is Sacred is a designed program for fathers and mothers using Indigenous cultural approach. The main goal of the program is to strengthen families through responsible parenting. Fatherhood and Motherhood is sacred teaches and promotes parents to connect with their culture as they become more actively involved in the lives of their families. Fatherhood and Motherhood is Sacred welcomes non-Indigenous people to participate in the program. When a foster parent or a step parent comes through the program, it creates connections and more support with the other parents in the community. In return, this creates a stronger support network for them. Registration is required.
Our Cultural Connections Worker will develop a permanency plan for each child under a Continuing Custody Order. The Worker will build a care plan in response to each child/youth’s unique developmental and cultural needs. The CC Worker will focus on the child/youth’s Indigenous identity and their connection to their home community. Working directly with the child, youth, caregivers, and families, an active and relevant cultural plan is not only developed, but its implementation is also supported. Our worker ensures that Permanency Plans are completed in a timely manner.
- Our Cultural Connections Worker provides various services including: •
- Assisting in organizing family meetings, Talking Circles, Family Group Conferences or other forms of gatherings to develop short and long-term plans for Indigenous Children. •
- Facilitating children and youth's connections with local representatives of their Indigenous community as a way of providing mentoring and role modeling. •
- Engaging in collaborative community partnerships to promote cultural teachings and practice. •
- Providing a supportive professional relationships with the parents and extended family of the children in the program’s care.
Family Nurse Practitioner
Wed 10:00am to 4:00pm @ Spirit of the Children Society office
Walk-Ins Welcome. Call FRAFCA Clinic to make an appointment, 604-283-3293. Sarah Jane Crossen, MN-NP(F)Starting Wed. March 24 - Clinic will operate on Wednesday's until further notice.