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The Healing of the Canoe Project is a collaborative project between the Suquamish Tribe, the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington. Suquamish and Port Gamble S’Klallam both identified the prevention of youth substance abuse and the need for a sense of cultural belonging and cultural revitalization among youth as primary issues of community concern. The Healing of the Canoe partnership has sought to address these issues through a community based, culturally grounded prevention and intervention life skills curriculum for tribal youth that builds on the strengths and resources in the community. The curriculum uses the Canoe Journey as a metaphor, providing youth the skills needed to navigate their journey through life without being pulled off course by alcohol or drugs – with tribal culture, tradition and values as compass to guide them, and anchor to ground them.
We have just completed the final phase of what has turned out to be a 12 year project. During the final four years of the project, the Healing of the Canoe team focused on dissemination of the life skills curriculum to other communities who want to promote a sense of cultural belonging and prevent substance abuse among Native American tribal youth. From February 2014 through January 2017, we held 17 trainings to train tribal community members and service providers in how to adapt and implement the Healing of the Canoe Curriculum. We are excited to report that to date we have trained a total of 270 attendees from 29 Tribes and 11 tribal organizations (view full list of tribes and organizations trained). We also updated the curriculum by adding two new chapters focused on suicide prevention and intervention. This was done in collaboration with the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board. For more information about this final stage of the project, please visit our Phase III page.
If you’d like to stay informed about the Healing of the Canoe, you can either subscribe to our email list and/or join our Facebook group. For more background and information about the project, please visit our about and history pages. Please contact us if you have general questions about the Healing of the Canoe curriculum.
Read about the Healing of the Canoe project and curriculum in this recent article published in Yes! Magazine.