About the Program
The program is focused on providing culturally specific Indigenous supports and access to healing ceremonies, health education with a focus on diabetes (prevention & education), case management supports, access to primary care and harm reduction supports, and social recreation activities to build social connections and support.
Queen West is a non-Indigenous organization which has been providing services to Indigenous clients since its opening at the Queen/Bathurst site. Using a harm reduction, trauma informed and empowerment model within Indigenous healing approaches, the program supports homeless and under-housed Indigenous peoples to improve their stability, health, wellbeing and quality of life. The Four Winds Program is unique for three reasons:
- It is an Indigenous-Only space in a non-indigenous organization;
- It is specifically designed for the homeless and under-housed Indigenous communities in the neighbourhood, and
- The program integrates a trauma informed and harm reduction approach and enables access to Indigenous healing processes for community members who live with substance use issues by providing the opportunity to participate and reconnect to Traditional Teachings and participate in Elder lead Circles.