Programs and Services
Coming Full Circle (Youth Justice)
Coming Full Circle provides assistance for off-reserve Indigenous youth between 11 and 18 years of age who are in conflict with the law. Individual case planning is used to determine the cultural and land-based traditional teachings that participants can use and apply in everyday life.
Group sessions help build a sense of community and connection to each other, the Elders, and the traditional teachings of the Mi’kmaq nation. Through the Medicine Wheel teachings, Indigenous youth learn to develop the traditional and cultural tools to live a balanced, traditional, and healthy lifestyle, reducing the likelihood of recidivism.
Coming Full Circle provides semi-weekly teachings on the Medicine Wheel to raise awareness of self, others, and the community, in a safe and cultural environment. This is used to assist in the development of a deeper sense of purpose and connection for Indigenous youth.
As the youth progress through the project, opportunities are provided to develop leadership and mentoring skills, as well as share the traditional knowledge and teachings with other Indigenous youth entering the project. Participants who have completed the first year of the project are encouraged to continue along as Indigenous Youth Mentors and are provided with more leadership opportunities.