Stories in this category support participants to establish routines, learn life skills and gain confidence and a sense of belonging, ability, and autonomy to achieve goals, objectives and an overall sense of wellbeing through programs that are steeped in cultural ways of knowing. Methods include cultural inquiry, personal life planning, service navigation, land-based programming, and sharing culture and ceremony in order to help participants to increase their pride, and see their potential. Other programs work to dispel myths about Indigenous people in relation to homelessness and addictions. Participants in this category include children, youth, and adults.
The Alternative Secondary School Program (ASSP) addresses the needs of urban Indigenous students in Fort Frances and surrounding areas by creating a culture-based educational environment where the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual areas of a student's life are centered.
Wiingashk Alternative Secondary School is located at N’Amerind Friendship Centre in London. This program offers urban Indigenous students a culture-based education that balances the secondary school curriculum with wholistic, culturally relevant educational approaches.
Meeka is a well-known teacher of education, healing, and Inuit culture. She started teaching children in 1971, and moved onto adult education at Nunavut Arctic College for 18 years. Meeka believes that elder knowledge from experience is necessary have a foundation for living an Inuit life as our ancestor did. She hopes that healing and education from Inuit go a long way.