ALIGN’s CONNECTIONS For Indigenous children and youth, and their caregivers July, 2020

ALIGN’s CONNECTIONS For Indigenous children and youth, and their caregivers July, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting numerous hurdles for Sun Dance ceremonies across Alberta and beyond, but these challenges are being felt even more sharply by Indigenous children and youth in (non-kinship) care. For children and youth who have lost many, if not all familial connections while in care, Sun Dance ceremonies have acted as an important moment of growth in their lives as it is typically the time when they would have their naming ceremony. Due to social distancing restrictions, many children and youth in care will be unable to attend these important cultural events. So what can caregivers do to support cultural connection during this time? Tanya Ward-Schur, Community Facilitator at the Red Deer Urban Aboriginal Voices Society, has provided some helpful guidance and resources for this difficult time. Although nothing can truly replace Sun Dance, Ward-Schur suggested that during this difficult time it is critical that smudge ceremonies and prayers be made accessible to children and youth, and that caregivers should work to facilitate virtual connections between children and youth in their care, and community Elders… Read Full Article
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