The Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society is committed to building on the strengths of Aboriginal children, youth and their families to enable them to develop spiritually, emotionally, physically and mentally so they can walk proudly in both the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities.
Every Program operated by the society has its own goals and objectives but the following philosophy guides each individual program or service goal developed.
1. All people are equal and will be treated with respect and dignity.
2. All people have the capacity to change.
3. Working towards achieving balance in our lives is a life time goal.
4. Healing comes in a variety of shapes and forms.
5. Our actions speak much louder that our words.
The Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society operates on the following information and belief system, which applies to all programs and services offered by the society:
• We believe that the responsibility for healthy upbringing of children is the responsibility of the whole community. This will ensure that children and youth are given the guidance, support, and love that they need in order to develop into healthy adults.
• We believe that all people are created equal and will be treated with respect, kindness, honesty and compassion.
• We believe that in order to best meet the needs of the people we work with requires us to work cooperatively with other agencies, systems and communities.
• We believe that the wholistic needs of people, the spiritual, emotional and physical must be included in program development and service provision.
• We believe that all people have the capacity for change.
• We believe that all people need and want a family.
About BENT ARROW TRADITIONAL HEALING SOCIETY
Bent Arrow is a non-profit organization that has provided unique programs and services to Edmonton’s urban Aboriginal population since 1994. These programs and services range from youth employment preparation and comprehensive family services to supported referrals and soup and bannock lunches. All of Bent Arrow's programs and services have been developed specifically for Aboriginal people, but are open to all. We incorporate the spiritual, emotional, and physical aspects of one's life, family, and community. Our goal is to offer people opportunities to learn, grow, and make positive choices for themselves and their families. The result is a positive impact on community, too.
We deliver our programs while meeting the rigorous financial accountability standards established by governments and others. In addition, we actively participate in periodic accreditation reviews.