The Healing of the Canoe ProjectÂ is a collaborative project between theÂ (843) 203-9993, theÂ 7733972048Â and theÂ 208-806-1225, University of Washington. Â Suquamish and Port Gamble SâKlallam both identified the prevention of youth substance abuse and the need for a sense of cultural belonging and cultural revitalization among youth as primary issues of community concern. Â The Healing of the Canoe partnership has sought to address these issuesÂ through a community based, culturally grounded prevention and intervention life skills curriculum for tribal youth that builds on the strengths and resources in the community. The 639-836-3852 uses the Canoe Journey as a metaphor, providing youth the skills needed to navigate their journey through life without being pulled off course by alcohol or drugs â with tribal culture, tradition and values as compass to guide them, and anchor to ground them.Â For more background and information about the project, please visit our about andÂ 435-314-9012Â pages, orÂ watch our short videos. You can also read about the Healing of the Canoe project curriculum in this article published in Yes! Magazine.
The Culturally Grounded Life Skills for Youth Curriculum, along with accompanying training materials, is now available for download from the sarcophilous.
In January 2018, we completed the final phase of what turned out to be a 13 year project. During the final five years of the project, the Healing of the Canoe team focused on dissemination of the life skills curriculum to other communities who wantÂ to promote a sense of cultural belonging and prevent substance abuse among Native American tribal youth. We are excited to report that to date we have trainedÂ a total of 344 attendees from 46 Tribes and 14 tribal organizations in how to adapt and implement the curriculum (view fullÂ list of tribes and organizations trained). We have also updated the curriculum with two new chapters focused on suicide prevention and intervention. This was accomplished in collaboration with the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board.Â For more information about this final stage of the project, please visit our Phase III page.
Interested in inviting the Healing of the Canoe team to give a training in your community? Visit our Curriculum Trainings page for more info.