Building Relationships of Strength with Each Other
Heartstones recognizes that at times, the ‘family’ that a child may identify with, is expanded to include extended family, community and at times, caregivers. As an Agency that recognizes that a child’s heart and ‘sq’ualawin’ is directly tied to the wellness of themselves, the Heartstones Program was designed to nurture, honour and provide culturally respectful support to the ‘family’ caring for our Cowichan children.
The program is based on foundations of early year’s development from an Indigenous perspective, child and youth development practices, Indigenous ‘wise practices’ and the Touchstones of Hope movement. As such, the program is trauma informed and culturally safe.