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Supporting and Engaging Indigenous Fathers in a Group Setting: February 2021


Monday, February 01, 2021 - Monday, February 22, 2021

4 PM - 6 PM (Weekly)


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Are you interested in providing family support for Indigenous fathers in a culturally grounded group setting? 

The BC Council for Families is pleased to offer this revised virtual training as a series of three two-hour workshops. This interactive workshop is designed to provide a foundation for starting a relevant service that will engage and support Indigenous fathers in group models within community centres, First Nation and Metis agencies and support programs.

The training is focused on enhancing family support professional skills and ensuring programs and services are culturally safe and meaningful. 

Participants will gain insight into historical issues facing Indigenous fathers and how they are re-discovering their roles and responsibilities. Six Laws of Life will frame how to build a culturally grounded model by reflecting on the participant’s intention and process to maintain meaningful relationships. 

Workshop will focus on:

  • The impact of residential schools and colonization
  • Research on Indigenous Fathers engagement 
  • How to plan, facilitate and sustain a group for Indigenous fathers in your community
  • Re-discovering parental roles

Dates and Times:

Monday, February 1st, 8th and 22nd, 2021 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. each day.


This workshop will take place via Zoom. Participants will be emailed the login details. 

About the Facilitators 

Dave Rader has been given the name Shxwliyemsthom. He is experienced with facilitating men and parent workshops with Abby Dads at Archway Community Services. He held the position as the on-line trainer for the Indigenous Cultural Competency training for the B.C. Provincial Health Authority. Dave was also the Social Work Team Leader and staff trainer with Abbotsford Aboriginal Children and Family Services.  

Jonny Williams Xotxwes is from the Cheam First Nation which is located in the Sto:lo territory and is the father of four children. His experience is with ages from daycare to university teaching the Halq’emeylem language and culture for over 23 years. Jonny has experience working with high risk youth and with men who have been incarcerated and move into treatment. 

The price of this workshop is per person. 

Please note that this workshop is not guaranteed to run. We need a minimum number of people enrolled in order to be able to run it.