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Community Education

Ag gwa deh nyh (Sounds like ag gwa day yes dah nih)
Seneca word meaning “We Are Teaching Them”

The Community Education Program staff is available to inform the community of Ganǫhkwásra` programs and services, the dynamics of family violence and related topics in a culturally sensitive manner. This is achieved through facility tours, presentations, workshops, distribution of resource materials, brochures and newsletters.

Please call at least one month in advance for presentation requests.

Education Programs

Oha`hi:yo (Sounds like oh ha hee yo)
Cayuga word meaning “Good Road”

The 12 week Oha`hi:yo group is a unique program that sets it apart from other mainstream family violence educational groups. Oha`hi:yo is culturally sensitive and encompasses First Nations perspectives on family violence as well as teachings which assist individuals with taking responsibility for their choices and their mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

The Oha`hi:yo program is a co-ed group for adults seeking to learn and understand the dynamics of abusive relationships and the impacts on self, family and community. Men and women are empowered to make healthier choices and to live violence free lives. Oha`hi:yo is an excellent alternative for those who want to learn about family violence and are not ready for long term one to one counselling.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Self-referral or outside agency referred
  • Completed the Ganǫhkwásra` intake process
  • Participated in a screening process prior to group participation

Women and men who would benefit from the Oha`hi:yo program are:

  • Adults wanting to increase their understanding of family violence, its effects and are not ready for one to one counselling.
  • Adults at risk for abuse and not ready for counselling.
  • Adults with abusive behaviours and not ready for counselling.
  • Adults that are supporting others who are or have experienced family violence.
  • Individuals on our community counselling waiting list.

Ratiweient=hta’s (Sounds like la dee whyen deh dus)
Mohawk word meaning “They are learning”

The Youth Lodge Alternative Learning program is established as a Section 23 classroom with the Grand Erie District School Board. Section 23 educational programs provide services for students unable to attend regular classes in a mainstream secondary school. This program is designed to address the student’s individual academic, social and emotional needs while obtaining high school credits.


A person must be:

  • A client in a Ganǫhkwásra` program.
  • Be of high school age.
  • Have completed an intake with the Intake Worker for a Ganǫhkwásra` program.
  • Have exhausted resources at their home school.

Enrollment is continuous. Students can begin working on new credits at any point in the school year. For students coming from a regular high school setting, every effort will be made to credit the student for work completed.

Culturally Enhanced Programming Includes:

  • Mohawk/Cayuga language
  • Gardening, preserving, cooking
  • Elder visits
  • Haudenosaunee Cultural Teachings
  • Haudenosaunee Traditional songs & dances
  • Storytelling
  • Lacrosse, snow snake
  • Tapping sap from trees and making maple syrup
  • Medicine Walks
  • Learning/Sharing and participating in Ceremonies
  • Learning about traditional hunting & fishing practices
  • Crafts, handwork, clothing making, leather work, beading
  • Cultural sharing and exchanges with other Onkwehonwe Nations

During class time, interventions or support will be provided by a Child and Youth Worker to assist students in identifying their personal triggers and areas of difficulty. They will be given tools they can use in future situations.

Modalities Utilized:

  • Brain gym
  • Reality Therapy/Choice Theory
  • One on One counselling intervention if needed
  • Art/Play Therapy

Activities/Leisure Time:

Outdoor activities with students will be encouraged throughout the day as there is an enclosed multi-purpose sports activity court for students to use during gym class or on class breaks.

Training Programs

The Family Violence Prevention Training is a 30 hour community education program offered to any individual with an interest in traditional Ǫgwehǫ:weh (First Nations) and/or contemporary mainstream approaches to helping and healing from the devastating effects of family violence. The training consists of following 9 sessions.

  1. Introduction to Ganǫhkwásra`/History of Family Violence in First Nations Communities
  2. Dynamics of Family Violence/Effects of Family Violence
  3. Children Exposed to Family Violence/Youth & Family Violence
  4. Sexual Abuse
  5. Elder Abuse
  6. The Relationship of Substance Abuse and Family Violence
  7. Revitalizing the Family – Honouring Our Men
  8. Revitalizing the Family – Honouring Our Women
  9. Ending Family Violence & Celebration

Participants will increase their awareness of family violence issues through interactive experiences, videos, group work, lectures, discussion and self-reflection. Each session will address educational information, traditional perspectives, tools, and issues and feelings related to the topic. Due to the sensitive nature of the training material support people are available to participants at each gathering.

Registration Fee: $100.00

Ǫgwehǫ:weh (Original Peoples) Cultural Sensitivity Presentations are recommended for anyone working with Haudenosaunee people in need of cultural understanding, awareness and training.

The Cultural Sensitivity presentations offered by Ganǫhkwásra’ Family Assault Support Services are designed to provide the mainstream community with an awareness of the history of family violence from an Ǫgwehǫ:weh (Original Peoples) perspective as well as to promote an appreciation for Ǫgwehǫ:weh culture. Providing a basis for understanding the unique challenges faced by Ǫgwehǫ:weh people will assist individuals and organizations to work more sensitively with Ǫgwehǫ:weh people. Areas explored include the impact of multi-generational traumas experienced by Ǫgwehǫ:weh and our resiliency.

There is a minimum of requirement of 16 participants. The maximum number of participants this training can accommodate is 30. Each participant must be informed that this training is an experiential training.

Facilitators recommend ALL STAFF from front-line workers to management participate in training for maximum benefit. The two-day Lateral Violence workshop is culturally designed and delivered in a most respectful, safe and interactive way. With the understanding that Lateral Violence effects everyone in the workplace. This form of violence occurs when out of anger, powerlessness, and frustration an oppressed group turns on itself and begins to violate, hurt and harm each other through various acts including, but not limited to gossip, backstabbing, putdowns, manipulation, blaming and family feuds. Utilizing a variety of techniques, the processes will provide opportunities for participants to take healthy risks to increase positive appreciation for co-worker’s unique qualities and gifts (skills) and promote “Positive Team” work.

Lateral Violence IS Family Violence

Let’s learn to stop Lateral Violence now.

The two-day training provides participants the opportunity to learn and explore various forms of trauma inclusive of generational effects. We will experience how these effects impact the person, family and community. Participants will learn individual self-care techniques to promote healthy and balanced support. The training consists of educational information and discussion to better understand trauma. We provide an opportunity for participants to experience healing techniques in a safe, caring and respectful manner, which are based upon a way of life from Haudenosaunee (People of the Longhouse) teachings integrated with mainstream techniques. We demonstrate how to integrate mainstream techniques with one’s cultural teachings by using ganohkwi:yo (good mind). Through this process we celebrate one’s life journey with compassion and kindness.

What is Reiki?

Reiki is an ancient form of natural healing. Anyone can learn to give Reiki to themselves and others because the ability is within all of us. You do not require any special knowledge except the initiation (attunement) and the transmission of power from a Reiki Master. The word Reiki means Universal Life Energy or Vital Life Force Energy. Our Haudenosaunee culture acknowledges this universal energy life force and our interconnectedness and oneness with all that is. Everything in Creation is filled with endless and inexhaustible energy. Reiki is the universal life energy that flows through the hands of the Reiki channel/practitioner and transmitted to the receiver. GFASS’s Reiki Level 1 Training is facilitated by two Ganǫhkwásra` employees who are both Reiki Master’s with ten plus years of experience in the field of energy work. Our training provides the trainee with the required Usui Reiki information/teachings as well as how this information relates to our Haudenosaunee culture and traditions.