The IRTC Mental Wellness Team consists of three individuals, a Coordinator, Facilitator and an Outreach Worker we will provide Mental Wellness services to the Interlake Region that is holistic, culturally based and strengthens our First Nations communities.
Our focus is to build capacity within each First Nations communities served and also build a network of support within each of the communities. We will also be assisting and coordinating each of the communities in improving access to direct services in the area of Mental Health. Furthermore, we will be assisting in the development of Community Wellness Plans and Crisis Response Plans for each of the communities.
Interlake Reserves Tribal Council’s – Wellness Team hosted a Youth Wellness Gathering on March 26-28, 2018, in Winnipeg, MB. The Wellness Team invited eight community members from each of the eight communities, (4 Males, 4 Females) ages 15-17.
The focus of the youth gathering was on wellness; the youth developed Safe TALK skills, healthy relationships and life skills. Mitch Bourbonniere was our keynote speaker. The evening activities included a Manitoba Moose game and attending the Winnipeg Art Gallery. The Wellness team hopes to enhance, embrace and encourage the youth to be apart of the community’s wellness teams within each First Nation.
The Wellness Team partnered with Anishinaabe Child and Family Services Jeremy to host a Wilderness camp in Pinaymootang First Nation on July 18-20, 2018. The Wellness Team invited five youth community members ages 11-17, from each of the six bands affiliated with ACFS and IRTC. The camp consisted of teachings from a hunter and fisher. The hunter brought a deer to the camp and demonstrated how the skin the deer, the youth also participate in skinning the deer. The youth then cooked some of the meat over a fire and the elders prepared the rest of the meat for supper. The fisher demonstrated how to box a net and how to set it. The fisher took some of the youth on the boat to fish with a rod. The youth were also transported by boat to Big Fisher Island to show them the cabin that was built and placed there by Pinaymootang community members.
The Wellness Team partnered with Anishinaabe Child and Family Services to host a Youth Gathering in Lake Manitoba First Nation on August 27-29, 2018. The Wellness Team invited five youth community members ages 11-17, from each of the six bands affiliated with ACFS and IRTC. The Youth Gathering focused on personal well-being, educational workshops and sessions about First Nations Culture and Traditions. The gathering started with a sharing circle followed with a motivational speaker and ending the day with a sweat (optional). The second day the keynote speaker shared his story of gangs and drug awareness, KLINIC did a presentation on Healthy Relationships, and the evening ended with a game of baseball.
Sheri Gould, BSW
Tribal Wellness Coordinator
Wellness Outreach Worker / Dept. Health
Phone: (204) 659-4465
Tribal Wellness Facilitator
P: (204) 956-7413