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 Medicine Wheel teachings 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 for Indigenous youth. As each quadrant of the Medicine Wheel is explored, participants will be engaged in complimentary land-based teachings to enhance their learning and connection to their Indigenous culture.
Coming Full Circle provides youth with the opportunity to be seen in a positive light, as participants can share and apply the cultural practices and teachings gained from the Medicine Wheel teachings. Further opportunities are provided to youth as they progress through the program to aid in the development of leadership and mentoring skills and to offer them the chance to pass on these teachings to new youth entering the program. Participants who have completed the first year of the project are encouraged to continue along as Indigenous Youth Mentors and are consistently provided with more leadership opportunities.