Healthy relationships set the foundation for strong families which in turn make up thriving Indigenous communities. Much of the healing and wellness needed within our communities is dependent upon breaking the cycles of unhealthy relationships and reconnecting with our original teachings on love, honor, trust and respect. One of the seven circles of wellness is “Kinship/Clanship/Community.” The topic of healthy relationships lies within this circle.
Many of our listeners requested that we open up and share a little bit about our own relationship and discuss how we stay well in our partnership. We also share some stories about other relationships that we admire, and share a bit about our past experiences so that the listener can hear firsthand examples of good partnerships and red flags to look out for.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We are utilizing our platform to spread awareness on the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and to encourage those who may be in an unsafe situation to reach out to available resources. We hope that the listener will also become informed on the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
Online resources for healing and support:
https://www.thehotline.org | National Domestic Violence Hotline | 1-800-799-7233
https://www.nativewellness.com | Non-profit that offers Healthy Relationships Training
https://www.strongheartshelpline.org/ - 1-844-7NATIVE | A Native American helpline for domestic and dating violence
You Are Not Alone - Native Women's Association of Canada | A toolkit for First Nations women, girls and diverse people for escaping domestic and dating violence.