• Thu. May 19th, 2022

New men’s support group for Cheslatta Carrier Nation – Burns Lake Lakes District News

A new initiative of weekly men’s group sessions has begun offering support to men in the Cheslatta Carrier Nation struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues.

Cheslatta Youth Support Worker Trenis Cahoose leads the project and worked with Brian Clyne, Men’s Welfare Coordinator for Carrier Sekani Family Services (CSFS).

“Our plan is to create a place to come hang out, have lunch, be comfortable,” Cahoose said. Lake District News. “We wanted to focus on men struggling with addiction and mental health, giving them a safe space to talk, and getting general help with anything they need.”

Clyne says it is rewarding to get the program up and running despite the challenges.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to progress in this work,” he said. “COVID-19 has been a challenge for all group programs, and for the men’s wellness program it has been compounded by challenges around technology and access to communications with men. Our colleagues at Cheslatta Carrier Nation, as well as our staff, have worked hard for many months to establish programs for men, and we are excited to make further progress alongside our brothers.

CSFS communications director Andrea Palmer said Lakes District News groups like these are funded through a combination of funding from the CSFS, the Dude’s Club, and the Cheslatta Carrier Nation itself.

The money was donated to the facilities where the group will be accommodated, which includes a table tennis table, table football and various other games and activities, as well as a functional kitchen. Lunches will be prepared by Cahoose.

“Carrier Sekani Family Services has been involved in the Men’s Wellness Program for nearly five years with funding and staff support,” Palmer said. “Building trust in a group like this requires relationship building and trust as we work to keep the men who attend safe. This includes supporting physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. These groups help meet the needs of guys.

“We are committed to minimizing any risk of COVID-19 while strengthening our men and providing these opportunities to connect and build brotherhood. We encourage all men to explore the groups and rekindle old friendships as well as work on building new relationships.

The group sessions will take place in a new property recently acquired by Cheslatta called History House, which is located right next to the Cheslatta Training Center in Southbank. The first session took place on January 12.

“To start, we have another session scheduled for the rest of January, and from there we hope to make it a weekly session, we’re working towards that,” Cahoose said.

For more information on the group, follow the Cheslatta Carrier Nation Facebook page.


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