The Wahkohtowin Strengthening Families Program honours the unique connections within families, and seeks to strengthen bonds, increase communication and decrease conflict among family members.
Wahkohtowin is a
Cree word which refers
to the concept of kinship
or, the state of being connected.
COVID 19 PROGRAMMING UPDATE:
Yes, We are currently accepting new families!
However, Wahkohtowin is now being offered online. Our program is funded until the end of December 2020.
We are currently searching for funding to extend the program beyond this December 2020, although we cannot know for sure if our funding applications will be approved.
If you or someone you know is interested in signing up for the program, please consider registering for the program asap to ensure enough time to complete it before December 2020.
Wahkohtowin Strengthening Families Program is a 14 week skills development program and research project, for families of youth aged 11-17, to attend together. Each week, families attend program at the location of their choice for a 3 hour workshop. A meal (all dietary restrictions including halal are observed), child minding for children under 10, and assistance with transportation are provided. Cultural events, interpretation services, and in-home mentorship are also offered.
Wahkohtowin means "everything is related." It is one of the basic principles of Cree Natural Law passed through language, song, prayer, and storytelling. The elders explain that by following the teachings of Wahkohtowin individuals, communities and societies are healthier. (Source:
We honor Wahkohtowin by acknowledging the unique connections we share with each other, our communities, and our land.
Wahkohtowin Strengthening Families Program is proudly delivered by Ka Ni Kanichihk, Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad (Ndinawe), The Bilal Community & Family Centre (BCFC), and Spence Neighbourhood Association (SNA). The University of Manitoba (U of M) is leading an ongoing evaluation. Please click on the images below to learn more about our partners.
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The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is an internationally recognized parenting and family strengthening program for families of all kinds.
SFP is an evidence-based family skills training program found to significantly improve parenting skills and family relationships, reduce problem behaviors, delinquency and alcohol and drug abuse in children and to improve social competencies and school performance.
Child maltreatment also decreases as parents strengthen bonds with their children and learn more effective parenting skills.