Village Programs

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Clan Mothers Healing Village provides mid-term and long-term care to women, girls, two-spirit and transgender persons who have been victims of sexual abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking.

We are actively offering programs that have engaged and will engage marginalized youth, lived experience adults, our allies, and our neighbours in the community.

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Lived Experience gatherings provide an opportunity for Matrilineal Indigenous teachings, ceremony, and honouring the lives of Lived Experience people. These gatherings include facilitated discussions about advocacy, healing, and important responses to exploitation and trafficking.


Clan Mothers has produced a video (Stop Daa Violence) highlighting Lived Experience people sharing their stories, hopes and wishes for healing. The people in this documentary were participants in national gatherings. We have deep gratitude for their courage to share, with the intent for others to learn.


Clan Mothers has created Experiential Voices Align – an online platform for the Lived Experience community to maintain connection and share experiences. An Elder is asked to participate in each session. Prior to launch, Experiential Voices Align leaders are engaging in healing practices and teachings that will be shared when the platform is open.


We’ll provide Lived Experience people with employment opportunities through our social enterprises. We have engaged the Lived Experience community in a survey to help us understand their preferences in career paths. Based on this survey, Clan Mothers has created focus groups to guide our selection of social enterprise initiatives that will provide training and employment opportunities to Lived Experience people.


Clan Mothers developed a media campaign to increase the awareness of the risks associated with sexual exploitation and trafficking of youth. The campaign includes a video, radio segments and pamphlet, produced in Indigenous languages, to inform Indigenous communities throughout Manitoba about how to keep youth safe from on-line sexual exploitation.


Our Clan Mothers video series encourages youth to develop relationships with Elders and their cultural teachings. The videos were launched and distributed to social service agencies throughout Manitoba. In addition, we organized a 13-week art program for marginalized youth, working together with Jackie Traverse and our Elders. A beautiful and unique wooden wall mural includes designs and comments shared by the youth about their experiences and hopes for the future.


Our Elders offer Matrilineal Indigenous teachings to marginalized youth, the Lived Experience community, our allies, and neighbours. Building relationships and sharing teachings are a very important part of Indigenous culture. We regularly invite our neighbours to join us for land-based teachings, smudges, ceremony, and cultural teachings from the Elders.


In August of 2021, Clan Mothers held the first ever Moon Dance Ceremony at the site of the future village. The 4-day ceremony honored the gifts of women; especially the gift to give life. The Moon Dance Ceremony was an immense success, and provided close to 200 people with teachings, direct cultural experience, and a sense of building community. The participants ranged in age from 5 years to 87 years.


Clan Mothers first social enterprise is an all women, 2-spirit and trans construction company. We offer the Lived Experience community an opportunity to receive training and employment in carpentry. In addition to classroom and on-site training in the trade, the holistic training program includes cultural teachings, sharing circles, personal awareness, and healing.


This online self-directed public education program is designed to build awareness of sexual exploitation and trafficking. The program will dispel the myths about the profiles that are assigned to sexually exploited and sexually trafficked people and will develop awareness about the trauma generally associated with sexual exploitation and trafficking.


Through the Elders Council we create indigenous Matrilineal models that reflect our principles and values and that provide structure for: healing, finance, human resources, governance implementation and social enterprise. In our Knowledge Centre, we are developing modules that will teach others how to replicate these Indigenous matrilineal models.