Reviving Indigenous Kinship:
Indigenous Resurgence through Healthy Families
© Copyright Colby Tootoosis & Red Echo Associates 2019

Program Description

Relationships can bring the absolute best out in people. They can also bring out the worst in people. Anything from drama, conflict, domestic violence, abuse, child abuse, child neglect, and addictions can form in relationships.

It's vital that families equip themselves with tools to assist their personal growth that naturally comes from relationships. If people within partnership are not willing to grow and evolve who they are - their relationship dynamic will become stressed to the point of hopelessness, the feeling of being 'stuck', a no way out scenario, or breaking up in an unhealthy manner.

Too often children witness and/or experience these scenarios and learn behaviors in relationship. As a result the unhealthy cycles of unhealthy relationships get passed down and continues on into generations that have yet to arrive.

This program is designed to intervene, support, and encourage healthy relationships for healthy families, which lead to healthy communities to our Nations.

At the end of the Program Participants will:

  • Be grounded in acceptance of who they are.

  • Have a strong and healthy relationship with themselves.

  • Have an understanding of what causes unhealthy relationships.

  • Have strategies to effectively manage conflict while in relationship.

  • Have authentic, conscious communication relevant to healthy relationships.

  • Have emotional awareness to support themselves and others while in emotional distress.

  • Know how to deal with stress and grief - specifically in relationships.

  • Understand shame resilience.

  • Gain insights and awareness in connecting with children.

  • Have the skills to support children in their emotional development.

  • Be clear and motivated to work towards peaceful and freedom-based relationship dynamics.

  • Have understanding of the colonial influences and impacts on Indigenous kinship linked to attempted and on-gonig attempts of genocide.

  • Be introduced to preparing for 'familyhood', preparing for children.

  • Healthly work through transitions out of relationships that are no longer working.

Learning Objectives

  • To provide deeper understanding on power and influence of emotions on behaviors in relationships.

  • To explore and clear limited beliefs and emotional blocks using simple, practical tools around forgiveness, self-acceptance, and self-inquiry.

  • To understand the power of empathy and vulnerability which can be applied to personal matters, family life, and community.

  • To reveal the simplicity of self-responsibility, personal greatness while following through to a better quality of life and improved relationships.

  • To instill conscious communication with the self and others to prevent drama, conflict, lateral violence, and self-sabotage.

  • To look at social and colonial systems and how they affect quality of life of relationships, families, and communities at large.

  • Cover methods to strengthen parent to child connections through cultivating interpersonal growth both personally and while in partnership.

  • Thoroughly review styles and types of relationships that can lead to family breakdown and which can lead to solid/fluid evolving kinship.

Who would benefit

Coupled Parents, Single Parents, Shared Parenting Parents, Guardians, Uncles, Aunties, Grandparents, Older Siblings, Youth, Child and Family Service workers, Adopted Parents, God-Parents, Educators.

Single, Coupled, Poly, LGBTQIA2S, and those in alternative family arrangements are also welcome