Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Where is Bent Arrow located?

Bent Arrow has two primary locations and operates out of partners’ offices, as well. Some Bent Arrow programs are mobile.

Bent Arrow’s Main Office *New location as of April 2012

Parkdale School
11648 – 85 Street NW
Edmonton, AB
T58 3E5

Bent Arrow’s Central Office

11666 – 95 Street
Edmonton, AB
T5G 1L8

Q: Who founded Bent Arrow?

Bent Arrow was created in 1994 when Brad and Shauna Seneca identified the need for programming for Aboriginal children and families that would be based in traditional Indigenous teachings. The couple had received funding from a federal program called Pathways a year earlier to provide a program for Aboriginal Youth between the ages of 15 and 24 who wanted to return to school, enter training programs, or find employment. The program was so successful that a year later Brad and Shauna established the Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society with the support of Elders, funders, and the community.

Q: Who works at Bent Arrow?

An outstanding group of people works at Bent Arrow!! The heart, passion, and compassion that drive these individuals are infectious when you meet them.  You’ll immediately be treated like one of the Bent Arrow family!

Bent Arrow staff comes from various backgrounds. The majority of our staff is of Aboriginal descent and is from across Canada.  Cultural diversity is something that one will experience at Bent Arrow. Culture is embraced and the atmosphere is one of hard work and fun.

Q: Does Bent Arrow offer its programs and services for free?

Most of Bent Arrow’s programs are provided for free. Bent Arrow receives funding, donations, in-kind donations, and raises funds to provide programming and services. Bent Arrow’s programs and services are available because of staff, volunteer, and partner dedication, supports, and resourcefulness.

There are costs associated with a few of Bent Arrow’s programs and services. For more information, visit our Programs & Services pages and contact us.

Q: Are Bent Arrow’s programs and services for Aboriginal people?

While our priority is to work with Aboriginal people, everyone is welcome at Bent Arrow, especially for our events. As long as people meet the entrance criteria and are open to the traditional and cultural aspect of our programs and services, they are welcome to participate.

Q: Can I donate to Bent Arrow?

Yes! If you would like to contribute, please donate via our donation button on our home page or by clicking here. Through CanadaHelps.org, anyone can donate online to any registered Canadian charity. Bent Arrow is a registered charity! This means that you can donate to us quickly and easily. If you would like to know more about Bent Arrow before donating, please feel free to call us or drop by!

CanadaHelps assesses a small 3.9% transaction fee on donations which means that 96% of your donation goes directly to Bent Arrow. In addition, your official tax receipts can be sent by e-mail immediately following the 
completion of your donation.

Q: What does my donation do?

Your donation goes towards Bent Arrow’s programs and services. We might use it for a family night or to help youth get a start with their careers. There is a lot going on at Bent Arrow and every little bit helps. Would you like your donation to go towards a specific Bent Arrow initiative? Or would you like to be recognized as a sponsor? Please contact us and let’s work together!

Q: How do I find out about work/internships/volunteer opportunities at Bent Arrow?

Visit our Opportunities page on this website. You will find up-to-date information about opportunities. 

Q: How can I keep up to date with what Bent Arrow is doing?

Follow us on Twitter: @BentArrowYEG
Like us on Facebook: Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society
Check out our Youtube channel: Bent Arrow Edmonton
Give us a call: (780) 481-3451
Send us an e-mail: baths@bentarrow.ca

Stop by any time!