A temporary family crisis doesn’t have to lead to homelessness. If you get help early, we can help you stay in your home and decrease the possibility of a housing crisis in the future.
Fostering Cultural Connection & Healing
About Our Indigenous Programs
We recognize that over half of the families that reach out to Inn from the Cold are Indigenous. It is our goal to offer our services to your family from an Indigenous lens that encompasses an Indigenous worldview and ways of knowing. Our programs are founded on reciprocity, respect and relationship building. We will partner with you to establish cultural connections, foster healing and connect you with programs and resources relevant to your family’s needs.
Indigenous Cultural Support
For Indigenous families in our shelter and housing programs we offer a range of cultural resources and engaging activities aimed at deepening your connection to your heritage, fostering empowerment, and facilitating healing. During your stay in the shelter and/or enrollment in our housing program, we will be there to help you connect or reconnect to your Indigenous cultural roots.
As a current family at Inn from the Cold, you will be given information during the intake process on the supports offered through this program and it is your choice if you would like to access the programs.
Through a variety of scheduled activities and opportunities for connection, our dedicated team can provide you with access to Elders, ceremonial events, smudging, traditional medicines, educational teachings, program activities, and community gatherings. We offer comprehensive support and cultural enrichment, ensuring you have the resources and experiences to strengthen your cultural connection and well-being.
We can also support you in navigating complex systems and will support you in developing meaningful relationships and connections with other Indigenous organizations and individuals, ensuring that your family has a reliable network of support.
Buffalo Spirit Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing
The Buffalo Spirit Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing initiative is in place to support Indigenous youth between the ages of 11 and 18 who have participated in our family housing and shelter programs. We will support you in building confidence and cultivating a strong sense of belonging and social inclusion grounded in an Indigenous worldview. Our aim is to support your cultural connection, facilitate meaningful peer relationships, and enhance your overall physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being.
As a current family at Inn from the Cold, you will be given information during the intake process on the supports offered through this program, but you can also email our team at: Buffalo@InnFromTheCold.org to learn more.
Through a variety of regularly scheduled activities and opportunities for connection, our team is here to support you by:
- Facilitating access to Elders, Knowledge Keepers and Indigenous mental health support;
- Engaging you in life-skill development, cultural learning and spiritual opportunities which could include traditional arts and crafts, language teachings, storytelling, skill-based workshops, land-based teachings and various group outings.
- Assisting you in developing relationships and fostering connections with youth peers;
- Strengthening your relationships and cultural connections through participation in seasonal ceremonies and community gatherings.
- Connecting you to other Indigenous programs, supports and mentorship opportunities to meet your personal needs.
Moccasin Pathways, Learning to Walk In A Sacred Manner
Moccasin Pathways, Learning to Walk in a Sacred Manner is a community-based supportive housing program for Indigenous families. We aim to support your family in fostering housing stability, enhancing your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, growing cultural connections and facilitating healing. We are dedicated to helping your family learn to walk in a sacred manner and empowering you to transform your stories using a strength-based approach. This new program has been made possible through generous funding from G4 Tribal Council.
Our program has the capacity to support 18 Indigenous families that are facing a housing crisis. Intakes are continual and families are accepted into the program based on demonstrated need and current program availability. To inquire about the program availability, contact our team at Moccasins@InnFromTheCold.org.
You will be connected with an Indigenous Case Manager who will support your family in finding market rental housing, accessing basic needs and financial support, developing life skills, and connecting you with community resources and cultural supports. We will work together from an Indigenous worldview and ways of knowing and also provide you with access to Elders, ceremonies, smudge, medicines, teachings, program activities and gatherings.
We will walk alongside you to ensure that you and your family have the personal, social, physical, financial and cultural assets needed to remain housed for the long term.
Want to learn more about the other programs we offer?
To help bring our vision to life we provide three main programs: prevention and diversion, emergency shelter and supportive housing. Trauma-informed and housing-first principles guide everything we do and we strive to adapt our programs to meet the unique needs of each family we serve. Check out our program information pages by clicking the links below.
Other Community Resources
The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate help to all Indigenous peoples across Canada. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to offer immediate support and crisis intervention. Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat at www.hopeforwellness.ca.
This phone line is available 24-hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of their Residential school experience. Call 1-866-925-4419.
You can call 211 for referral services for financial, social, or mental health support.
Call 403 266 4357 for the Crisis Line at the Distress Centre, if you need someone to talk to at any time