Giiwitaabiwag: Cultural Safety Training

As a result of the Giwetashkad Indigenous Homelessness Plan, this cultural safety training was developed and is being offered to service providers in London’s housing and homelessness sector. The goal of the program is to inform and improve relationships with partner agencies so that Indigenous peoples who are experiencing homelessness can have better, more culturally relevant intakes and assessments in the community.

Giiwitaabiwag is Anishnaabemowin (Ojibwe language) word and concept that can be translated to “returning to sit in a circle.”

Our Community Impact (this past year)

  • Created Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for community engagement that was approved by Atlohsa’s Research Ethics Board.
  • Materials prepared to conduct an educational needs assessment with Indigenous peoples with lived experience of homelessness, service providers in the homelessness sector, and local knowledge keepers
  • Preliminary education sessions hosted with 202 participants in partnership with King’s University College (Faculty of Sociology), Southwest Hospice Palliative Care Network (Ontario Health West), and Indwell,

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