Our gifts for Mission & Service support the work of healing and reconciliation. Here is a story of how the church’s Healing Fund is uplifting a healthy, unified Gitxsan Nation.
Gitxsan Nation is a First Nations community in British Columbia that has challenges stemming from the impact of Indian residential schools. One is the loss of traditional parenting, usually transferred from grandparents and parents to children. This loss has contributed to the community’s social issues, such as unhealthy relationships, social isolation, substance use, and crime.
In spite of these challenges, the Gitxsan Nation envisions health and wellness growing stronger among its people. The Healing Continues project is a holistic program designed to teach families traditional parenting skills, provide cultural psycho-education (grief, stress reduction, etc.), and help them participate in ceremonies on the land. Elders conduct home visits to support the families, model traditional parenting, and provide mentorship. Community services are also contributing to the project by training their workers to offer experiential, land-based healing.
In using the Gitxsan healing model, based on the community’s knowledge and practices, Gitxsan Nation is reconnecting families with their community to reduce isolation and stress, and help them learn healthy behaviours and traditional parenting.
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