Wellness and Community Development Unit
Since 2000, this unit has been mandated to support workforces at the community level through the provision of certified professional development and events province wide. Through contribution agreements with Indigenous Services Canada, the Wellness and Community Development Unit (WCDU) supports three First Nations workforces: the National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP); Resolution Health Support Workforce (RHSW); and Maternal Child Health Workers (MCH).
For additional information on SIIT’s Wellness and Community Development Unit programs and events, please contact: 306-477-9206.
Includes the network of mental health professionals providing support to those struggling with addictions.
9-12 professional development training sessions per year
- Based on core competencies of: Assessment, Treatment, Counselling Skills, Relapse Prevention, Case Management, Pharmacology, Substance Abuse, Crisis Intervention, Diversity & Cultural Responsiveness, Community Development, Conflict Management, Ethics & Professionalism, Family & Social Support, Group Facilitation, Mental Health, Outreach and Program Development
One Symposium Conference
- Based on current crises in community, current issues and suggestions from Indigenous Services Canada and the workforce
- Collaboration with three certification bodies makes incentives available to the workforce to encourage certification
Resolution Health Support Workforce
Includes the network of people who have been trained to offer the emotional, mental and cultural support to those participating in the Indian Residential School Hearings.
Two Gatherings a year
- Currently being trained to understand Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, Day Schools, and the 60s Scoop eras in order to best serve those requiring support.
Maternal Child Health Workforce
WCDU provides training to workforce supporting maternal and child health.
- Home Visitors Applied Certificate
- Healthy Child Development
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
- Brighter Futures
Other community resources
Mental Health and Wellness Working Group
- WCDU coordinates and hosts meetings of the Working Group Leads and the annual Regional Mental Health and Wellness Knowledge Exchange.
Treatment Centre Directors Meetings
- WCDU is responsible for the coordination of Treatment Centre Directors Meetings and development of materials such as the Treatment Centre Orientation Manual.
Tribal Council Gathering Support
- WCDU accepts applications for funding to host a Mental Health or Addiction or Combined gathering for Tribal Council areas. Funding is accessible on a yearly basis.
PACE Crystal Meth Program
- WCDU has coordinated ongoing development of a national program to provide prevention, awareness and community education resources to NNADAP and other frontline community support staff.
Workshops available to the general public
From Truth to Reconciliation
- In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, WCDU has developed this two day workshop intended to facilitate a shared understanding of the history and legacy of the residential school system. Attendees have come from education, post-secondary, health, government, and law enforcement sectors.
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