- Deanna Jones Keeshig, Thunderbird Partnership Foundation , Bothwell, Ontario
The intent of the Community Crisis Planning, Prevention, Response, and Recovery First Nations Service Delivery Model is to provide a reference guide that supports contextual tailoring for planning, decision making, delivering, and monitoring performance related to this specific service. The foundation of this service delivery model is the First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum framework, which promotes a strength-based approach and recognizes: existing strengths be recognized in people, First Nations have important cultural resources at their access, people are capable of learning skills and knowledge to address concerns, community people are to be part of discovery and learning, strength-based approaches are founded on the idea that even at their weakest, clients are resilient. This model supports: community development initiatives, community health and crisis related planning, proposal development, communication across jurisdictions and sectors representing the social determinants of health, design of services, assessment of existing strengths, capacities, and services and implementation of the First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum framework. What is particularly attractive about this framework is the inclusion of the four wellness outcomes of hope, belonging, meaning and purpose which acknowledge strength-based outcomes and are defined by Indigenous knowledges.
- have an introductory understanding of the frameworks utilized by Thunderbird Partnership Foundation in its work to utilize a strengths-based
- Will appreciate the four wellness outcomes of hope, belonging, meaning and purpose
- recognize the benefits of building a strong cultural foundation in addressing First Nation Community Crisis events