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.
Now in the final phase of an 11 year project, the Healing of the Canoe team is focusing 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. We held trainings in 2014 and 2015 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 238 attendees from 25 Tribes and 10 tribal organizations. We were able to secure funding for an additional year, and now plan to hold two additional HOC Curriculum trainings in May & October 2016.
Please visit our trainings page for more information, and subscribe to our email list to stay informed about upcoming training registration and informational webinars. 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.