Adults and Families

Traditional Regalia Making

Fridays 1pm to 4pm @ Spirit of the Children Society office

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.

 

Obin Ni’i Prenatal Program (Gitxsan for “I am pregnant”)

Thurs 9:30am to 12:30pm @ Spirit of the Children Society office

8 week program

Women pregnant with Indigenous babies can register at any point during her pregnancy. Soon to be mothers will learn about their pregnancy in a traditional and clinical way. For more information, contact the AIDP department.

 

Infant Massage Program

Fri 10:00am to 11:00am @ Spirit of the Children Society office

5 week program

Infant massage is for parents/caregivers with infants who are in the pre-crawling stage and are of Indigenous ancestry. Participants will learn different massage strokes which will strengthen bonding with their infants. Registration required.

 

APALS – An Aboriginal Literacy Program

This parent participation and education program will be based on principles from Aboriginal Parents as Literacy Supporters (APALS).  Come learn new strategies to encourage learning for pre-kindergarten children. This program provides the following:

 

  • Enhance parents & caregivers knowledge of the importance of Kindergarten Readiness and the Aboriginal Literacy Program Prepare our children for their first school academic experience in the upcoming or following school year.
  • Assist pre-kindergarten students to feel more comfortable in a school environment using individualized programs for children with specific needs based on interest and child and family strengths.
  • Assist parents and children in transition to school.

Drum Group

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

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

Wed 4:00pm-7:00pm @ Spirit of the Children Society office (apart from last Wednesday of the month)

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 5:30pm to 8:00pm @ Spirit of the Children Society office

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. Child minding, bus tickets, and food provided.

 

Women’s Support Circle

Mon 5:30pm to 8:00pm @ Spirit of the Children Society office

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. Child minding, bus tickets, and food provided.

 

Circle of Security

Thursdays 9:30am to 12:30pm @ Spirit of the Children Society office

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 5:00pm to 8:00pm | Sat 10:00am to 2:00pm @ Spirit of the Children Society office

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.

 

Family Nurse Practitioner

Fri 10:00am to 4:00pm @ Spirit of the Children Society office

Walk-Ins Welcome. Call FRAFCA Clinic to make an appointment, 604-283-3293 ext.1. Sarah Jane Crossen, MN-NP(F)