Victoria Native Friendship Centre
Victoria, British Columbia
This is a training program for Indigenous children aged 6-14 who have witnessed violence at home and/or at school. It aims to help develop children’s understanding of self-esteem, setting boundaries, anti-violence strategies, cyber-bullying, land-based learning, and storytelling. It ends with a “coming-of-age” cultural ceremony steeped in traditional teachings with Elders. The program supports children’s recovery from inter-generational trauma, and provides cultural supports and practical skills to support them into adulthood.