Focused therapies and interventions dedicated to the well being of children and families.

Nina Na

Program Themes:


* The 7 teachings of th Annishinabe
* the Medicine Wheel
* The Clan system of the Annishinabe
* Bpearstiacin Oingj ibtow ys/ymCrbeoel sw/toeradcsh ing of art forms
* The Manitous in storytelling

"Nina Na" which means "about me" in the Ojibway language, takes you on a journey of learning about Annishinabe culture through Woodlands style art, starting right from the basics.......


You will learn the basic steps, shapes to express yourself using this art form. The meaning of symbols. As you go on your journey into seeing through the Annishinabe way of learning, it will broaden your understanding more of the ways of "The People", and also self expression storytelling, because everyone has one to tell......


As an Annishinabe Artist and Art Educator, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you how beautiful this art style is and how we can share.....as a people..... Meegwetch......Tansi.....Thank you.... Victoria Elaine McIntosh mikinak dodem of the cloud people


Because children mimic and examine every aspect of the world they live in through their play, this form of therapy is appropriate for every kind of behavioural problem. It is an ideal way to help a child cope with emotional responses to trauma. Play therapy can help identify every type of anxiety, and it is a natural way to introduce new coping skills and forms of communication to children. Not all toys are appropriate or desirable for therapy. The materials used focus on exploring a child's experiences and emotions. The toys that are the most useful are toys that lend themselves well as symbolic objects and roll-playing activities. Play therapy is not an opportunity for a child to do whatever they want. It is not a free-range playroom or a distraction. The therapist sets boundries according to what the child and the situation requires. Boundries are communicated in a way that allows the child to make a choice, and to identify the difference between appropriate and inappropriate behaviour. Children are allowed freedom to express themselves, but they are expected to respect themselves, the play therapist, and the environment.


The Annishinabe culture has much to offer and children in care should feel proud of who they are. The culture teaches that Annishinabe hold 7 generation of memories fromour ancestors in our DNA. We create we make things, we paint, we draw family and teachings are very important. This is passed on to the next generation.....

A sharing circle will be conducted first for introductions and participants can share only their names if that is their choice. The sharing circle will be explained and time would be spent talking about the art presentation and teachings of the day.

Each child will have their own personal portfolio of the work they have done. There will be projects to do at home so that caregivers could also participate in their foster child's learning....

As art projects are created the children will be explained the meaning of what it is they are working on....

The Niin Na art program will run for 10 weeks beginning in the fall of 2010. Each session will be one hour in duration. Sessions will occur in early evening and on weekends at 70 Arthur Street (office number to be announced. The fee for the 10 week program is $180.00 This will include all the supplies necessary and snack during the session...



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