Helping Aboriginal People
     Heal Themselves.

Buffalo River Dene Nation

Grant ID: 4057.02

Project Title: Buffalo River Dene Nation Healing Plan

Project Description: Creating a drop-in healing place that is comfortable and developing greater comfort with the subject of abuse. Continued counselling with our Mental Health Worker. Providing education for Counsellors and Healers regarding the impact of triangulation on their own mental health. Doing Outreach, Leadership Training for Project Staff, Editing Survivor interviews, holding Men's and Women's Retreats, working with healthy Elders and Traditional Healers. Providing training of both traditional and professional healing approaches. Project expectations include: a better educated Staff and others training in the traditional knowledge of Dene methods of healing and living. Learning that the internal qualities for traditional living are still present in our people, developing pride on who we are and in our history. Integrating more western approaches and concepts of problem-solving in the traditional family sense (i.e. developing awareness of the state of mind necessary for hunting, identifying the skills and bringing those forward to present day problem-solving skills.) Recording traditional stories and metaphors to use as healing tools and methods. Holding sweats and networking with the Elders. Community Development with greater community involvement.

End Date: March 31, 2010

AHF Contribution: $1,095,911.00

Primary Contact:
Mr. Gilbert Benjamin
Band Council Portfolio Holder
Tel: 306-282-4675

Organization Address:
P.O. Box 40
Dillon, SK   S0M 0S0