The Ranch has further developed the Aboriginal program service to include three areas of focus designed and facilitated by a First Nations Elder and an Aboriginal Resource Person. The first component addresses biases and prejudices that contribute to internalized racism that many of the First Nations and Métis young people experience. This component will facilitate further understanding of their people’s history and enhance their identity formation.
Second is the participation in cultural activities. These activities may include the teachings of the history, values, and spiritual meanings of traditional practices such as:
- Weekly Sweat and Pipe ceremonies and teachings of the circle
- Medicines – sweet grass, sage and cedar
- Building and utilizing Tee Pees
- Crafts – bead work, dream catchers
- Dressing hides for crafts and clothing
- Round Dances and Pow-Wows