o How did your idea or project first come to you?
This has been a project in the works over several years, it has been developing slowly. I stepped into this project when I started this job back in 2004. There was a family camp that was already established, although in its early stages (July 2000).
o Why did you believe your idea or project could/would make a difference?
I have been working with a group of people in our community called a Circle of Care. Our mission is “It takes a community to raise a child”. Based on this we identify the needs in our community by what we see happening in our community, and what we have learned about our history, education from outside sources and what our elders teach us. This camp is seen as a positive event in the community and enhancing it for healing opportunities for the youth and their parents is what has been repeated over and over as what we want, what we need-to move forward and be successful.
o How did you, or how would you, get other people involved?
There are a group of people that get together to plan the family camp every year. There is also a group of people in the tribal area that are trained Life Skills coaches from other first nations that are resources/trainers. There are also different traditional teachers and elders in our community and neighboring communities that are accessible.
o What tells you that your idea or project is making a difference or will make a difference?
The Life Skills programs that I have already done have made an impact on some of the people that have taken it. Some have been able to work and leget off welfare, some have completed Adult Ed and are pursuing post secondary training, some are experience healthier relationships in their life.