Land Based Healing Model for Nishiiyuu
The Land Based Healing Model for Nishiiyuu (LBHM) is a healing and wellness program implemented and delivered on the hunting territory of each Cree community. The Chisasibi mission is to strengthen the ability of participants to lead a healthy, fulfilling and resilient life. Elders stress that the land and cultural traditions have healing power that can enable individuals in distress deal with pain and self-hurt. Ultimately we aim to improve the mental health of individuals so that they can effectively participate in the life of their family and community and make positive contributions to the collective development of their Nation.
Programming addresses issues related to substance abuse, trauma (physical and sexual abuse, unresolved grief), and the many intergenerational social suffering symptoms associated with residential school. Eeyou methods and teachings form the core principles of the program and promote personal, family and community wellness form a perspective rooted in the Cree way of life. Moreover, the scope of treatment includes prevention, intervention and postvention /aftercare to ensure an effective continuum of care for clients. Therefore, as part of a board community-based approach to service delivery, the LBHM uses an intersectorial and intercommunity approach to service provision that shares resources and knowledge to maximize local capacity building and promote leadership.