Braiding the Sweetgrass is a program supporting Indigenous families in Calgary to help prevent the transmission of intergenerational trauma to their children and future generations. Participating families are guided on their healing journey through a blending of traditional Indigenous and Western ways of knowing. Referrals are open to Indigenous families in the Calgary community.
Program activities include two groups per month, home visits, cultural ceremonies, social gatherings, and Elder support. This program works with urban Indigenous families with children (Grade 1 to Grade 12), their parents and siblings who are:
- Searching for information and/or a connection to Indigenous culture.
- Open to gaining knowledge about Intergenerational trauma and its impacts on Indigenous families.
- Wanting to establish better community connections and gain a support network.
- Not experiencing acute crisis, (i.e., domestic violence, active addictions, child abuse, homelessness) at the time of intake.