“Relationships are really what we’re all about. That’s what our lifetime is about – our relationships with ourselves, with each other, with our environment, with the world we live in…I’m so happy that we all think relationships are important. Because at the end of our life, relationships are really all we have.”
– Emma Harris, Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Cheyenne Nation
Sometimes the hardest thing for a young person to do is trust an adult. It can be even harder for Aboriginal young people who have had experiences at home or within the government system of care that have been challenging and chaotic.
Since Watari started back in 1986, we have recognized the value and impact of one-to-one relationships with youth that engage them where they hang out, focus on listening to what they need and act quickly to connect youth to services, supports and people that meet these needs.
Watari's ICOP workers are creative, nimble and energetic to engage high risk youth in ways that can create opportunities for change. Taking an approach that embraces and reflects Dr. Martin Brokenlegs’ 'Circle of Courage', workers focus on mastery, belonging, achievement and independence in their interactions.
HOW CAN WE HELP YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW?
Funded through the Vancouver Aboriginal Family Services Society (VACFSS), all of the referrals for Watari's ICO program come directly from social workers in both the guardianship and family preservation offices.
For more information on the program, including guidance on how to access it, please contact Kevin Crofton at 604.254.6995 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.