Providing Indigenous youth with support for learning about themselves and their culture and reconnectin them to Indigenous community is crucial to their long-term success

Lead by Indigenous professionals, Threshold’s Indigenous Wellness support provide Indigenous youth with opportunities to learn about and connect with their families, communities, and cultures. 

A pair of beaded mocassins is worn by someone. Only their feet show.
Mocassins from a workshop at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

As with all wrap-around supports, the Indigenous Wellness supports are client-centred. They include activities such as attending community events (e.g. the Red Dress Day walk), hosting workshops (e.g. drum making), and organizing events (e.g. a youth celebration on Indigenous People’s Day). 

Most importantly, the Indigenous Wellness Worker connects one-on-one with interested Indigenous youth to provide direct and understanding support of their needs. This can vary from support applying for Status, chatting over coffee, or accompanying a youth to a meeting or appointment.

To learn more about the ongoing impacts of colonization and racism that result in disproportionate numbers of Indigenous youth experiencing homelessness, visit Definition of Indigenous Homelessness.

Threshold is committed to learning from and being lead by Indigenous youth and staff as we continue to develop this essential service area. 

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