Heart Linked Community Services Co-operative
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

The Sohkitihiwin retreat program was created in response to the increasing number of suicides being attempted or completed by First Nations youth in Northern Saskatchewan. The focus of the program is to provide girls with an opportunity to grow through retreats, away from the pressures and temptations in their home environment. Exposure to quiet contemplation, uplifting reinforcement and positive cultural experiences will help the girls to develop hope and optimism for the future. The participants engage in a wide range of activities and dialogue, ranging from managing anxiety and anger, growing their “super powers”, body image, social media awareness, cultural crafting, drug and alcohol awareness, sexual health and basic life skills such as cooking and nutrition. The specific needs and challenges faced by a community are also reflected in the content.