Samson Community Wellness                                                         
Maskwacis, Alberta

The Plains Cree word Okinikiskwew derives from a ceremony where a young girl becomes a woman, and it connects to the goal of this program for Indigenous girls. The program offers participants a culturally-sensitive space to explore the issues they’re facing, and helps them to develop positive gender and cultural identities. Participants also have the opportunity to learn healthy coping mechanisms and leadership skills while connecting with strong role models.