To accomplish this, we are ensuring all staff are knowledgeable about culture, by integrating culture into employees’ daily practices and helping them understand that they are the bridges to culture for many of our young parents, especially those who may have been estranged from their First Nations, Métis or Inuit culture.

Cultural Supports programming offers ongoing opportunities for our staff, families and volunteers to learn about culture and the impact culture has on empowering young parents in raising resilient children.

Elsie Paul interacting with children at our Child and Family Support Centre

Elders, Kohkoms, helpers and Knowledge Keepers

At Terra we are integrating culture into our programs through participation in ceremony with Elders, our Kohkom in Residence program and by bringing in various helpers and knowledge keepers to share their cultural teachings, craft, song and dance. Our team of Terra Knowledge Keepers is at the core of our program success, not only because they are passionate about the impact of culture on raising resilient children, but because they are the liaisons to their program teams, and the ‘go to’ trusted connectors for their fellow employees on all things cultural.

Connecting to culture

Terra invites employees, participants, volunteers, board members and alumni to engage in a variety of cultural learning opportunities within Terra, with our C5 partner Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society and by attending cultural events in the community at large.

 

A current Terra participant who shares her culture and knowledge by offering a beading group to her peers at our Brentwood House location.

Ongoing opportunities to learn include:

  • Seasonal ceremonial sweats with Elder Pauline Paulson and other community elders for Terra employees and participants.
  • Beading circle at Brentwood.
  • Cultural teachings, crafting and activities (Wednesdays at the Braemar School site).
  • Drumming group at Braemar School led by Teresa Strong.
  • Drum and rattle making with Elder Whiskeyjack.
  • Traditional parenting workshops with Elsie Paul.
  • Summer culture camp at Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society.
  • Powwows, round dances and other community ceremonies.

Visit our Events Calendar to learn about upcoming opportunities at Terra.

Cultural calendar

Each month we publish a calendar that highlights cultural events at Terra, at Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society and in the community. Quarterly, our Terra Knowledge Keepers meet to share resources and to plan upcoming events.