Gathering Our Medicine
The Gathering Our Medicine™ Program for caregivers of Indigenous youth has been developed in response to the unique and often complex needs of our young people who have been impacted by colonization and intergenerational trauma. This program is intended to lead the way as a model of truly Indigenous caregiver education that is a balanced integration of Indigenous and Western ways of knowing and being. As we practice walking in two worlds, we weave together a better future for Indigenous youth.
Through Indigenous ways of knowing and being, Gathering Our MedicineTM supports the journey of healing and strengthening relationship between Indigenous children, families and communities.
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action
- The Aboriginal Policy and Practice Framework in British Columbia
- United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People
- The Ministry of Child and Family Development’s Core Policy on Working With Indigenous Children, Youth, Families and Communities
- Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre’s Operational & Strategic Directional Plan 2017-2020
The program is informed and guided by fresh understandings from developmental science, affective neuroscience, attachment theory, play theory, resilience and empathy research and by Indigenous scholars in the fields of Indigenous education, anthropology and psychology.
“The history of colonization has affected so much of Indigenous people’s lives that today we must look beyond the modernity of reserve life or the technology of the times, to ask what of our Indigenous selves and civilization remains and how is it represented and understood by the people themselves.”
— Marie Battiste
“Indigenous practices such as creative dreaming, art, ritual, and ceremony help the student externalize inner thoughts and qualities for examination. Such practices help students to establish a connection with their real selves and learn how to bring their inner resources to bear in their lives.”
— Gregory Cajete