Curriculum & Training Manual
Culturally Grounded Life Skills for Youth is a curriculum for Native youth focused on suicide and substance abuse prevention. It was designed to be adapted by Native communities using community-specific traditions and beliefs to strengthen youths’ connection to their communities and cultures, and strengthen their hope and optimism. The curriculum uses the Pacific Northwest Canoe Journey as a metaphor, providing skills needed to navigate life’s journey without being pulled off course by alcohol or drugs – with Native culture as compass and anchor. The generic curriculum template allows each community to use their own metaphors for a successful life journey.
Journal Articles & Book Chapters
Thomas, L.R., Austin, L., Donovan, D.M., Sigo, R.L.W, Lawrence, A., Lawrence, N. & Price, L. (2016). Healing of the Canoe: A collaboration between the Suquamish Tribe, Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, and the University of Washington Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute. National American Indian and Alaska Native Addiction Technology Transfer Center Newsletter, 3(2), 9-11.
Dononvan, D.M., Thomas, L.R., Sigo, R.L.W., Price, L., Lonczak, H., Lawrence, N., Ahvakana, K., Austin, L., Lawrence, A., Price, J., Purser, A., & Bagley, L. (2015). Healing of the Canoe: Preliminary results of a culturally tailored intervention to prevent substance abuse and promote tribal identity for Native youth in two Pacific Northwest tribes. American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, 22(1), 42-76. doi: 10.5820/aian.2201.2015.42
Lonczak, H.S., Thomas, L.R., Donovan, D.M., Austin, L., Sigo, R.L.W., Lawrence, N., and The Suquamish Tribe (2013). Navigating the tide together: Early collaboration between tribal and academic partners in a CBPR study. Pimatisiwin, 11(3): 395–409.
Thomas, L.R., Donovan, D.M., Sigo, R.W.L., & Price, L. (2011). Community-based participatory research in Indian Country: Definitions, Theory, Rationale, Examples, and Principles. In M.C. Sarche, P. Spicer, P. Farrell, & H.E. Fitzgerald (Eds.), American Indian children and mental health: Development, context, prevention, and treatment (pp. 165 – 187). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
Thomas, L. R., Donovan, D. M., and Sigo, R. L. W. (2010). Identifying community needs and resources in a Native community: A research partnership in the Pacific Northwest. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 8(2), 362-373.
Thomas, L. R., Donovan, D. M., Sigo, R., Austin, L., & Marlatt, G. A. (2009). The community pulling together: a tribal community-university partnership project to reduce substance abuse and promote good health in a reservation tribal community. Journal of Ethnicity and Substance Abuse, 8(3): 283-300.
Other Articles about Healing of the Canoe
Bruner, M. W, Hillier, S., Baillie, C. P. T., Lavallee, L. F., Bruner, B. G., Hare, K., Lovelace, R., & Levesque, L. (2015). Positive Youth Development in Aboriginal Physical Activity and Sport: A Systematic Review. Adolescent Research Review, 1-13.
Funds, Y. (Dec 10, 2015). Drug use down, hope up: A canoe journey inspires Native youth. Yes! Magazine.
Walker, R. (April 1, 2011). Cultural identity and navigating life’s stormy waters, North Kitsap Herald.
Lane, D. C., & Simmons, J. (2011). American Indian youth substance abuse: Community-driven interventions. Mt. Sinai Journal of Medicine, 78(3), 362-372.
Clarren R. Paddling toward shore: Northwestern tribe takes a new/old approach to stemming the Native health care crisis. High Country News. 2009 May 18, 2009
Healing of the Canoe was recommended by representatives from federal health agencies as as one of 12 case examples of the effective use of community engagement that were published in peer-reviewed journals from 1997 to 2010, as presented in the second edition of Principles of Community Engagement, edited by the Clinical and Translational Science Awards Consortium Community Engagement Key Function Committee Task Force on the Principles of Community Engagement.