Medicine Wheel Make-Over

Medicine Wheel Make-Over

$100,000 - $250,000
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Medicine Wheel Make-Over is a program that encourages people to take initiave to make change in their lives based on what it is they want to change and what it is they are ready to change. This is done by developing individual personalized goal plans with each client. This program is based on the Medicine Wheel and the traditional teachings of living in balance.

Medicine Wheel Make-Over initially started with our culture program. Our coordinator was getting a lot of requests for cultural teachings so she developed the first MWM manual as an extension of the culture program. When the culture coordinator stepped down the program didn’t continue. In 2010 a funding opportunity for a pilot project presented itself. Our Director of Initiatives came across this opportunity and immediately thought Medicine Wheel Make-Over would be perfect for this. We were accepted for funding and began to develop this new program into more detail. It's still in the form of development so that at some point it can be eventually passed on to other communities. They can then implement this program within their community.

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Wabano - Medicine Wheel Make-Over

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Wabano Centre For Aboriginal Health

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First Nations, Métis and Inuit people.

What best describes your group or organization

Non-profit organization.

How long have you, your group, or your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

Define your idea / project in 1-2 short sentences

MWM goal plans enables participants to find balance and learn to use their determination and resources and take initiave to make positive change in their lives.

Select the stage that best applies to your solution

Start-Up (a project that is just getting started)

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Please tell us about the social impact of your idea or proect

This program gives participants the opportunity to learn how to take initiative to create balance in their lives. It will enable to them to learn and explore the resources around them and how to utilize them. It's a great way for people to offer and receive peer support.

Your Future Goal(s): Tell us what you hope to achieve with your idea or project in the next year

We would like to have established a structured but flexible program that can be easily implemented by other communities.

In 5 years, what will be different as a result of your idea/project?

As a result of our project, our long-term goal is that other Aboriginal communities both urban and rural will be able to implement our project within their communities. Generally we would like for participants to have finished the program feeling that they are living in balance as a result of their participation in Medicine Wheel Make-Over.

Tell us about the people/ partnerships that are already involved and why they are important to your idea or project.

Motivate Canada has been involved with Medicine Wheel Make-Over by introducing developmental evaluation and mentoring the program coordinator to implement developmental evaluation.

If there are other people/partners that you will reach out to tell us who they are and why they will be important to your idea or project.

Any organization or partnership that can be established that will help this program grow and benefit the participants is what we're looking for. For example, we are currently working with the Mamidosewin Native student culture program at Algonquin College. The Medicine Wheel Make-Over coordinator will be making weekly visits at the college to develop individual goal plans with the students and to follow up and be available for questions and assistance in regards to their goals. As this program is brand new, we are constantly exploring our partnership options and taking advantage of partnership opportunities.

Describe the kinds of support you receive (other than money) or will need to support your idea or project (e.g.: donated, space, equipment and volunteers)

One of our best forms of support for this program is our resource and organization partners in terms of client reference. Not only do surrounding organizations support this program but using our internal programming for promoting and implementing Medicine Wheel Make-Over has been a great support tool for the program.

Do you currently have funding for your idea or project?

Yes (answer the next two questions)