The overall purpose of Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin – “I Am a Kind Man” initiative is to engage male youth and men to speak out and end all forms of violence towards Aboriginal women.

Our objectives are to provide education and support for men and boys to address issues of violence against women. To re-establish traditional responsibilities by acknowledging that our teachings have never tolerated violence and abuse towards women. To inspire men and boys to engage other men to get involved and stop the abuse.· To support Aboriginal men who choose not to use violence.

PROGRAM DELIVERY SERVICES

Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin Adult Initiative

Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin Community Reintegration Project

Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin Young Peoples Initiative

ONE-TO-ONE SERVICE

Peer Counselling, Assisting one-to-one service participants to access services related to reducing violence against Aboriginal women, Advocacy, Referrals – to other services such as addictions, shelters, court workers, legal, treatment, etc.

PARTICIPANT-BASED ACTIVITIES

Increasing awareness of specific issues, risks or concerns in the community or group, Providing education and information to reduce and prevent community or group risk factors, Promoting positive change in values, attitudes and behaviours, To foster healing and enable individuals, families and communities to achieve and enjoy a healthy and balanced life.

OTHER

Workshops, Presentations, Events, Traditional Ceremonies, Fitness & Recreation Activities

 NETWORKING

To increase access to services by promoting cooperation among service providers, building and maintaining communication and linkages with other community partners.

TARGET POPULATION

Self-identified Aboriginal men and male teens who are in need of services and supportive resources, Referrals from outside agencies, Aboriginal men or male youth may also be court ordered to attend the Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin programme as part of a conditional sentence or youth diversion programme.

ACTIVITIES WITH INDIVIDUALS

To identify male youth and men in need of family violence services. To assess individuals needs to determine the extent of services required. To undertake to intervene in crisis situations. To refer victims and/or perpetrators to appropriate services. To link abusers with legal services or appropriate treatment services. To provide ongoing liaison service and follow up to ensure individual needs are being met. To promote healthy lifestyles by conducting home visits, workshops, seminars and public education forums. To know of and work with community agencies to support healthy Aboriginal families. To promote violence free lifestyles. To promote Aboriginal culture-based healing. To support the development of healing circles, peer support groups and self-help processes to assist in community healing, positive self image development, alternative discipline methods and positive relationships specifically focused on reducing men’s violence. To work with other Aboriginal organizations, mainstream organisations and First Nations staff to promote a co-ordinated approach to addressing Violence Against Aboriginal Women.

ACTIVITIES WITH COMMUNITY

To coordinate men’s and male teen’s healing circles. To promote, by programming and personal example, the development of positive role models in the community. To initiate community development activities which will lead to men and male teens taking a stand and engaging other men to end Violence Against Aboriginal Women. To facilitate community events to promote healing, wellness, addictions free activities, and cultural awareness specifically focused on violence free approaches. To develop, or obtain, Aboriginal health promotion materials. To facilitate the positive re-establishment of traditional male roles and behaviour. To participate in the development and establishment of culturally sensitive services which address Violence Against Aboriginal Women. To facilitate the involvement of Elders and traditional people, who have undergone their own healing and wellness journey. To promote the Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin Initiatives.

OTHER COMMUNITY SERVICES

To establish a relationship with community resources to facilitate increased sensitivity and awareness. To establish a system of referrals. To assist, upon request, non-Aboriginal agencies in order to ensure that Aboriginal male clients receive the service and support required. To promote linkages amongst community agencies so that the Aboriginal community will have greater access to holistic healing and wellness approaches to working with men. To facilitate the understanding and support of community agencies for the Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin Programme.

 

FOR INFORMATION ON THE KIZHAAY ANISHNAABE NIIN PROGRAM

BRUCE NELSON

705-272-4497 Ext. #239

Email kizhaay@ininewfc.ca 

 

 

 

 

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