The goal of the Timiskaming First Nation's FVPP is to improve the safety and security of women, children and families. Timiskaming First Nation with INAC has made women, children and families a priority.
Discuss Traditional family system and how our ancestors raised their children
- Learn about the tools used in traditional family systems, including the Moss Bag, Cradle Board and the Traditional Swing.
- Explore strategies for restoring traditional family systems and sharing these teaching with new parents.
- Raise awareness of the importance of bonding during early childhood and its impact of a child's future.
Algonquin People have been practicing traditional parenting since time immemorial, with well developed and well proven Algonquin People used techniques in parenting passed down through the Generations. Children are the future and a happy child is a healthy child.
Algonquin People understood that it was everyone's responsibility to assure that the child was warm and fed, happy children do not cry. Teaching children was also a communal responsibility, life skills, ceremony and song was taught through active participation with guidance from the Elders.
Tiny babies were precious gifts from the Creator, children were believed to be on loan and it was everyone's duty to take care of these gifts.
The reasons behind the high incidence of family violence are intimately connected with the poor social, political and economic position we find ourselves in. The inability to determine who we are, racial prejudice and the history of governmental control in our lives through the oppressive instrument of federal regulations (The Indian Act), and the compulsory attendance of residential schools where children were taken away from their parents, directly led to the decline of parental skills because the children were denied parental role models. In effect, family violence is a reaction against a system of domination and disrespect which has left the men and women of the many communities frustrated and with nowhere else to turn. The level or anger and frustration have been rising and with it the incidence of alcoholism, drug, solvent abuse and family violence. All these factors contribute to a loss of self-esteem, which in turn leads to a lack of respect for women and children.
The FVPP component:
- funding for annual or multi-year community-driven prevention projects such as public awareness campaigns, conferences, workshops, stress and anger management seminars, support groups, and community needs assessments on and off-reserve.
The FVPP supports activities that increase awareness of family violence and provide families and communities with the tools to address violence such as treatment and intervention, culturally sensitive services (elder and traditional teachings), awareness and self-development projects.
The Government of Canada takes the issue of violence against Indigenous women very seriously and will continue to work in partnership with provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous Peoples, and other stakeholders to develop effective and appropriate solutions. The FVPP is part of Government of Canada efforts to end violence against women and girls and stop family violence.
For further information about the program please drop by the Health Centre or contact
Martine Marais - FVPP Facilitator
Tel: 819-723-2260 ext. 116