Special Topics

Healing of the Canoe: Life Skills Curriculum Training for Native Youth

On October 18-19, 2017, the Northwest ATTC (NWATTC) held its inaugural event, a 1.5 day training on the Healing of the Canoe curriculum.  The training was held in Spokane, WA at Northern Quest, a resort owned and operated by The Kalispel Tribe of Indians.  
 
Healing of the Canoe is a life skills curriculum, originally developed by Dr. Dennis Donovan in collaboration with the Suquamish and Port Gamble S'Klallam tribes and colleagues at that University of Washington Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI). The curriculum employs the Canoe Journey as a metaphor, providing youth with skills needed to navigate their journey through life without being pulled off course by alcohol or drugs -- with tribal culture, tradition, and values as a compass to guide them, and anchor to ground them. 
 
The October 2017 training event drew 33 participants representing 10 regional tribes, and was facilitated by Dr. Donovan, NWATTC Senior Liaison. The NWATTC is excited to sponsor Healing of the Canoe trainings, with plans in the next five years to expand dissemination of this culturally-grounded life skills curriculum throughout SAMHSA Region 10.

Healing of the Canoe training team photo


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