Community Programs

Community Programs and Initiatives

Ka-pe-kiwehtahat   (ka-pi-kiwih-ta-hat)
Cree for “bringing them home.”
Through the development of culturally grounded housing support services, Ka-pe-kiwehtahat seeks to support access to safe, affordable housing options and prevent housing breakdown for Indigenous people in the Calgary community.

Supports Offered
The Ka-pe-kiwehtahat Housing Support Team supports Indigenous people at risk of homelessness to assess existing housing challenges and risk factors, provide available resources, create a plan for housing security, and build strategies to prevent homelessness in the future. One-time financial support is available for qualifying youth, families and single adults. Ongoing connection to cultural and social supports is provided upon request.

Who is Eligible?
Ka-pe-kiwehtahat is a barrier-free shelter prevention and diversion program for youth, families and single adults seeking short-term housing support to remain housed and/or be supported access to safe, affordable housing.

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Nanatawiho Kamik   (na-taw-i-haw ka-mik)
Cree for “healing lodge.”
The Healing Lodge treatment program integrates traditional cultural values with other non-Indigenous approaches to create a holistic approach toward healing.

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Land-Based Healing
Miskanawah’s land-based ceremonies and activities focus on protecting the smudge, healing the spirit and building relatives by engaging with traditional languages, songs, stories, and teachings within the natural surroundings of Mother Earth.
Planet Youth
Planet Youth is a long-term, upstream approach originating in Iceland in 1996, to support environmental change and reduce substance misuse for youth in their community. During the development of the Planet Youth Calgary model, the Indigenous Parallel has been engaging with youth, Elders and community agencies to incorporate Indigenous protocols, processes and youth voice into services for youth.
Indigenous Youth Engagement in Planet Youth Calgary began in 2021 through collaborative discussions with youth, United Way of Calgary and Area, Miskanawah, Trellis Society, USAY, and The Social Impact Lab. Youth Wellbeing Circles were established to engage Indigenous youth, their Elders, and mentor youth (“Youth Elders”) together, over a sustained period of time in a “design lab” process. Youth Wellbeing Circles explored current issues faced by Indigenous youth, and creative solutions from an Indigenous perspective. Several Elders were consulted in the creation of the Youth Wellbeing Circles, and guided the facilitators to create parallels between Western concepts and Indigenous teachings.
Miskanawah is honored to be working closely with the United Way of Calgary and Area to develop a Planet Youth model in Calgary, to meet the unique needs of Calgary’s Indigenous youth.

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