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Mi’kmaq Family PRIDE

PRIDE (Prevention, Respect, Intervention, Development and Education) Program

The Mi’kmaq Confederacy’s family support program, the Mi’kmaq Family PRIDE Program provides prevention services and supports the protection of children in both First Nations. The PRIDE (Prevention, Respect, Intervention, Development and Education) Program has the endorsement and support of the Province of Prince Edward Island, INAC and the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island. The establishment and support of a joint working protocol between the province and the Mi’kmaq Family PRIDE Program confirms the commitment of the parties to the program.

Pivotal to the development of the Mi’kmaq Family PRIDE Program is the belief that children, families and communities benefit most from services that are sensitive to, and congruent with, their cultural beliefs and traditional values. Accordingly, the underlying philosophy of the Mi’kmaq Family PRIDE Program is:

Vision

To provide a holistic and culturally sensitive approach to individual, family and community wellness, and risk reduction through prevention services and protection support.

Beliefs/Principles

  • Children are sacred gifts from the Creator; they represent the hopes, dreams and future of the Mi’kmaq people.
  • Children deserve and need a safe, healthy caring home in which to grow.
  • Children need positive parenting role models.
  • Parenting is valuable
  • All parents want to be good parents
  • Our children are our future leaders
  • Acknowledge and address the context in which families exist, appreciating and valuing each family’s community, culture, and individual traditions, values and lifestyles.
  • Healthy families = Healthy children

Objectives

  • Promote the sacred value and inherent worth of children;
  • Reinforce the traditional cultural values of caring, sharing and co-operation within the community as a whole to ensure the well-being of children and their families;
  • Respect the dignity and independence of children and adults, and their right to participate in decisions that affect their lives;
  • Assist parents, extended family and community to raise healthy, happy, resilient children;
  • Reinforce the linkage between children who are ordinarily resident on-reserve and who are being cared for outside their communities with their Mi’kmaq heritage, advocating and supporting a continued relationship with their immediate and extended family, culture, and community;
  • Promote and reinforce cultural pride in children and youth;
  • Strengthen supportive networks and collaborative decision-making within the community, and amongst the community and external service providers;
  • Promote the best interests of children with regard at all times for their safety and well being;
  • Reinforce the value of parents and parenting, and the role of the community in supporting parents; and
  • Strengthen families and community life.

Program Components

The Mi’kmaq Family PRIDE Program has the following six components:

Designated Band Representative: A Designated Representative is an individual named by the Band to represent the Band’s interest in child protection proceedings, or hearings involving a child who is a member of the Band or an Aboriginal child as defined in Section 1 of the Child Protection Act. The Designated Representative for Lennox Island and Abegweit First Nations is the Coordinator of the Mi’kmaq Family PRIDE Program.

Liaison Services: Liaison services provide a link between provincial child protection authorities and the Lennox Island and Abegweit First Nations. Liaison services are also available to children and parents who request assistance in finding and accessing helpful resources.

In-home Support: The PRIDE program believes that a strength based philosophy is essential when helping families. Family Support Services Workers provide in-home support services to children and families who are self-referring and/or who may be identified by internal or external service agencies.

Outreach Services: Outreach services are provided to children in care who are members of the Lennox Island and Abegweit First Nations.

Community Education and Awareness: The Mi’kmaq Family PRIDE staff develop and deliver a variety of community education and awareness initiatives which focus on individual and collective responsibility in protecting children, promoting positive parenting, enhancing family health and wellness, and the prevention of child maltreatment.

Foster Home Recruitment: The Mi’kmaq Family PRIDE staff work collaboratively with provincial foster care resource personnel to recruit and retain aboriginal foster parents.

The Mi’kmaq Family PRIDE program will fulfill its mandate through the provision of community-based preventative, supportive and awareness programs and services within the Lennox Island and Abegweit First Nations. Some of the services to be included are:

  • Family and community support networks;
  • Family group conferencing;
  • Community awareness;
  • In-home family support;
  • Individual parent support;
  • Building and supporting linkages to community resources;
  • Building capacity within the First Nation communities;
  • Prevention and support services in keeping with traditional and cultural values, and based on the guidance and support of Family Service Advisory Committees consisting of community members, elders and youth

The Family PRIDE Program works in collaboration with many other service providers including Child and Family Services, Community and Correctional Services, Maternal Child Health, NNADAP, Aboriginal Justice Program, Aboriginal Women’s Association, Education and the MCPEI Health Program.

Contact Information

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm.(Lennox Island and Summerside) Monday to Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm (Abegweit)

Marilyn LeFrank

RSW Coordinator, Mi’kmaq Family PRIDE Program Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI.

Address: 200 Read Drive Summerside, PE C1N 5N7

Office: ( 902) 436-5101 Ext. 232
Cell: (902) 315-1485
Fax: (902) 436-5655
E-mail: mlefrank@mcpei.ca

Jodi Phillips

Family Support Services Worker Abegweit First Nation

Address: PO Box 68 Mount Stewart, PE C0A 1T0

Office: (902) 676-2722
Cell: (902) 393-0571
Fax: (902) 436-5655
E-mail: jphillips@mcpei.ca

Angela Baker

Family Support Services Worker Lennox Island First Nation

Address: PO Box 135 Lennox Island, PE C0B 1P0

Office: (902) 831-2711
Cell: (902) 439-9334
Fax: (902) 436-5655
E-mail: abaker@mcpei.ca

  • First Nation Child and Family Caring Society of Canada
  • National Clearing House on Family Violence
  • Child Welfare League of Canada
  • The Healing Journey
  • Native Women’s Association of Canada
  • Mi’kmaq Family Resource Center
  • Aboriginal Healing Foundation
  • Take 30 For the Family
  • Reconciliation in Child Welfare