Using a reflexive and adaptable approach is key to creating programs that work. This year with the support of the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough the Building Internal Resilience Through Horses Team (The Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, The Mane Intent, and Trent University) partnered with the First Peoples House of Learning, The Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre, and The Curve Lake Health Centre to offer groups specifically for Indigenous community members. We learned that we can provide flexible programming that is responsive to consultation and the needs of each community we are working with. The process opened up possibilities for any gender identity to participate, to include cultural advisors and medicines, and take an intergenerational approach to resilience building. We are so grateful for the opportunity to work with the youth, families, and staff of these organizations, Miigwetch. We will continue seek opportunities to offer a culturally relevant and reflexive program to the community of Peterborough through consultation and partnership.
In the near future we will be working with the New Canadian Centre to offer programming that will meet the needs of the young people they are working with. The release of our manual will include a deeper look at the learning derived from offering these programs in addition to the group we offer for young women aged 13-18.
Funding for this project was made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation.