Healing Plan Description
‘Aghelh Nebun CRF offers an Indigenous wellness and employment training program. The program is continuous intake which allows residents to arrive at any point or date. The Resident Healing Plan at ‘Aghelh Nebun takes five months to complete. Please note there is some flexibility in this as the majority of Work Releases are 120 days in length. The Resident Healing Plan is based on Medicine Wheel teachings and addresses the four components of the Medicine Wheel, the Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual Components of each individual resident and how these relate to their healing and reintegration.
The ‘Aghelh Nebun Resident Healing Plan is designed to be completed within five months. The employment training, paid employment, cultural work, CSC programs, and TARP program are all designed to be completed in approximately four months. For residents on community release, the fifth month is a transition period to move on to the community, either in the general community or at Activator CRF. This period of transition needs to be supported by the Parole Officer and is based on resident progress and completion of the Resident Healing Plan. This month allows for a gradual transition for the offender to move to an urban setting while still maintaining the supports established at ‘Aghelh Nebun. For those residents who are transferring to another community or returning to an institution on a Work Release, there is the same expectation of a completed Healing Plan. If there is ongoing employment available at 'Aghelh Nebun and the resident wishes to stay longer, or the supervising parole officer feels an extended stay is required to manage risk, a resident may be to remain at 'Aghelh Nebun past five months for an extended residency.
CSC offers programming at ‘Aghelh Nebun on a weekly basis. A Program Officer from Prince George Parole travels to the camp on Wednesday each week to deliver CSC mandated programming.
‘Aghelh Nebun is privileged to have the support and guidance of three local community Elders who each attend camp on a weekly basis, on separate days. There are two Talking Circles per week which all residents are expected to attend. Talking Circle take place on Monday and Wednesday mornings at 0900 and are facilitated by an Elder. On-duty staff and in-camp residents all attend the talking circles which take place in our on-site Round House. A sweat lodge ceremony is facilitated by a local Elder twice per month and all residents are expected to participate in the sweat lodge day in some capacity, either by direct attendance or assisting the Elder, working the lodge door, preparing the feast, etc. In addition to the formal talking circles and sweat lodge, Elders are also in the camp three times a week, offering one to one resident/Elder counseling when and where needed. Each resident completes a regular CRF intake upon arrival and then meets, within a week of their arrival, in the Round House individually with an Elder and the Camp Manager to commit to their stay at ‘Aghelh Nebun and to their Resident Healing Plan.
Work to Give Program
In addition to paid employment, all residents are expected to participate in the CSC founded “Work to Give” program at a minimum of 4 hours a week. This volunteer program is designed to build volunteer hours to be included on a resume and “give back” to the community. The “Work to Give” program operates such activities as building drum frames for local community agencies to use, providing firewood for those in need in the local community and many more community building type activities. These volunteer hours are recorded on the resident’s payroll time sheet in addition to regular work hours.