Iskwew House is a transitional group care program for pregnant and parenting Aboriginal teen girls.
The house is located in West Edmonton and is minimally staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The staff consists of a supervisor, two youth workers, and a full-time overnight staff.
The objective of this program is to provide a supportive learning environment for these young women as they prepare for parenthood and independence.
It is our belief that children are gifts from the Creator and their healthy development is the responsibility of the whole community.
Our goal is to support these young women with whatever they need to promote the healthy development of their child.
The program draws on existing resources from Bent Arrow and the community. Supports and relationships continue to be accessed, nurtured, and maintained long after the girls become independent.
Supports such as Healthy Families, Health for Two, TERRA Association, youth employment and/or education programs, as well as various parenting programs, collective kitchens, and community health clinics are a part of the program. The staff assist and support the young women in making those connections.
What can Iskwew House Offer?
Because this is a transitional program, we are looking to place young women who already have the commitment and skills to handle the level of independence that this program will offer.
Budgeting, menu planning, meal preparation, health and safety, and time management are some examples of life skills that we offer “in house” on a daily basis. Planning for independence is the ultimate objective, so the length of their stay will largely depend on the skills and knowledge they will need to acquire before a successful transition is possible.
Once the transition is made, the staff follow up on each youth at regular intervals and offer support as needed.
Referrals for this program can be made through the Region 6 Child and Family Services Authority.
While our priority is to work with Aboriginal youth, we are open to referrals for Non-Aboriginal youth as long as they meet the entrance criteria and they are open to the traditional and cultural aspect of the program.