Sacred Circle

Early Family Intervention

The Sacred Circle Program began in 1998 in partnership with Central Neighbourhood Centre for Children, Youth, and Families (NCCYF). The idea was, to provide support to the more complex families through a collaborative effort between the Child Welfare Workers and the Support Workers from Bent Arrow. The program was nurtured and developed through collaboration and partnership. Together, we provide family services to both status and non-status families in the form of:

  • Family Supports
  • Family Aid
  • Youth Interventions
We receive all of our referrals from Children Services, Metis Settlement and our very own in-house program, Kahkiyaw. Once the referral has been made, we do our best to match the child/family with a worker that will be a good match for them. Once the Sacred Circle worker is assigned to the client or family, the following steps are taken:
  • The youth worker/family support worker will reach out to make an appointment
  • Information regarding the reasons for your involvement will then be discussed with the client
  • All consents clients provide must be given voluntarily, and they have the right to withhold or revoke consents at any time
  • An intake is completed and consents are signed
  • Services commence
  • The Sacred Circle worker will help clients navigate larger systems such as the healthcare field, housing, education or the legal systems so that they can gain confidence and familiarity in your dealings with them. They will help them to understand their rights and obligations when dealing with the larger systems to lessen clients anxiety when dealing with them.
  • The youth worker/family support worker will inform clients of their right to participate in cultural or spiritual ceremonies or events and provide information or the opportunity for them to participate. Bent Arrow provided many opportunities throughout the year by hosting ceremonies that promote wellness.
Referrals can be made by caseworkers from Children Services, and Family Wellness Workers within the Kahkiyaw program.

Contact Sacred Circle



11648 85 Street NW, Edmonton, AB, T5B 3E5

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