House of Wolf has partnered with the Council of Yukon First Nations to deliver the Mental Wellness and Cultural Resiliency Program.
Here you will find out more information about how your community can get involved.
The Mental Wellness and Cultural Resiliency Program was designed in to meet the needs of Yukon communities where there is an identified gap in mental health services, and particularly, culturally safe supports.
At it's core, this work is based on the understanding that mental wellness is multi-dimensional and integral for healthy individuals and communities and families. Mental wellness is supported by culture, language, Elders, families, and creation, it is entirely necessary for healthy individuals, communities and families. The program we offer focuses primarily on two concepts: fostering healthy interrelationships, and increasing mental wellness and cultural resiliency literacy in Yukon communities.
The primary objective of the Mental Wellness and Cultural Resiliency Program is to increase capacity within communities to respond to crises. This will be achieved by establishing of satellite programs in communities with linkages to centralized services in Whitehorse. Citizens will be trained and supported to provide crisis response in their respective communities and no longer relying on external supports.
This program compliments and enhances the wider work of House of Wolf & Associates Inc. in the field of community safety. Increased Mental Wellness and Cultural Resiliency in any community provides the ground work for improved safety for all.
Our Community Responder Training is made up of two separate training weeks, participants must attend and complete both training sessions to be established as a community responder.
The first training week will contain content around Kinship & Connection, Intergenerational Trauma, Self-Care, and Coping skills, Mental Wellness, and Traditional Values. Upon completion of the first training week, participants will be invited back for the second and final bit of training at a later date which will focus more on Lateral Violence, two-day Suicide Intervention Training, Substance Use, and the Effects of Trauma.
Both training weeks will have on the land components, providing participants the chance to connect with each other and decompress from the challenging content covered.
Community Responders can be citizens of any of the 14 Yukon First Nations. Those interested in supporting their fellow community members through crisis and supporting the overall wellness of their community are encouraged to reach out to find out more.
We are currently limited to having two responders from each community attend training. However, we will continue to offer trainings moving forward and hope to offer this to as many people as possible.
Those interested in attending are asked to please fill out the registration from linked below. We do ask for the name of participants First Nations Wellness Director as their support will be crucial to ensuring responders receive proper support upon completion of the training.
Any questions or info regarding the training can be directed to Claire Mercer at email@example.com.
Once a citizen has attended both trainings, they will receive a program certificate and an ASIST certificate. How the program looks in your community may differ from others. We can work with the Health and Wellness Department in developing how the program is implemented in your community.
In the event of a crisis in your community, you may be called upon to provide support and intervention for those involved. This can look very different depending on the situation and the needs of those in crisis. You may be called to support in other communities if you have the capacity, travel will be reimbursed for this. House of Wolf will place all Community Responders in to a roster who can support all communities.
Community Responders are provided a honorarium for their work as part of the program, which must be coordinated through your Health and Wellness Department.