The focus of ohpikîhakan is to ensure youth have loving and supportive homes with regular contact with their family, culture, and community.
Youth will be connected with a youth mentor dedicated to their holistic health and wellbeing.
ohpikîhakan emphasizes the support for caregivers as there is little separation between the caregivers’ “professional” role and personal life as youth are living in the caregivers’ homes.
Caregivers are trained to be the medicine for the youth in their home. They are ambassadors, allies, and advocates for youth wellness and healing. Caregivers will have peer support and professional training, and each home will be connected to a therapeutic supervisor to support the day-to-day safety and wellness for the youth.
The Family Centre acknowledges that we are on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional meeting ground, gathering place, and traveling route for the Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis, Dene, and Nakota Sioux. We acknowledge all the many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit whose footsteps have marked these lands for centuries.