Project at a glance:
To design, deliver, and evaluate an innovative Indigenous cultural arts program that addresses the mental and physical health needs of Indigenous women who have experienced Intimate Partner Violence (IPV).
- To provide trauma-and-violence informed (TVI), artistic, and cultural programming with the intention of transforming the way Indigenous women experience health and feelings of resiliency, as well as their experience of violence in their lives
- To provide a direct intervention designed to reduce symptoms of trauma with up to 120 Indigenous women who have experienced IPV and result in a program manual that can be used to facilitate similar workshops in the future
- To contribute to the body of evidence on the impacts of culturally relevant, community-based, arts-related interventions for victims of IPV
- To compile the materials from the different project locations into a manual that can be used by others wishing to facilitate a similar project
PROJECT ACTIVITY HIGHLIGHTS:
Develop Intervention Template
- Develop a program manual for a TVI Indigenous artistic and cultural program, to be delivered at a 12 week group (one 3 hour session per week)
- Cultural Advisory Team meetings
- Artist facilitators selection
- Identify local arts agencies, local domestic violence advocates and elders
- Identify participants who have experienced IPV for each of the programs
- Evaluate pilot in Moose Jaw
- Following the pilot, 12 week groups will run concurrently in Moose Jaw, Regina, and Prince Alberta SK (a total of 10x 12 week groups)
- Conduct four assessments - pre-, post (at the end of the 12 week group), 2 months post, and 1 year post
- Evaluate results
Knowledge Production & Dissemination
- Research findings are compiled
- Project is evaluated
- Research findings are documented and shared
PATHS (Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan) has 21 member agencies that run emergency shelters, second stage shelters and counselling and support centres across Saskatchewan.
PATHS member agencies, Common Weal Community Arts, Moose Jaw Art Museum and Gallery, Paper Crane Community Arts, and University of Regina
- Nato’ we ho win was piloted in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan where participants have been beading using looms. In September 2017, Nato’ we ho win will be offered in three communities in Saskatchewan: Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, and Regina. Other creative activities including journaling, sewing and painting will be incorporated into subsequent groups.
- The research team and pilot group had the privilege to attend the Royal Saskatchewan Museum Archives, where they viewed and photographed artifacts, including loomwork that had been created by Indigenous women in Saskatchewan. These photos are being used by Nato’ we ho win participants as examples of patterns for replication in their own beadwork projects.
- The project is currently recruiting participants for its pilot group in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. For more information, check out the project’s recruitment poster! http://pathssk.org/natowehowin/