Youth Lodge

Youth Lodge 2017-09-26T17:55:03+00:00

Ganǫhkwásra Youth Lodge

Tsi Tionkwatention A’no:wara Rason:ne (Sounds like gee djo gwa den djo a no wa la la soon nay)
Mohawk word meaning “My Home On Turtle Island” – Youth Lodge

The Youth Lodge is an eight-bed co-ed residence for youth ages 12-17 experiencing serious difficulties in their lives.

Mission Statement

The Youth Lodge provides a therapeutic approach in a culturally sensitive manner that encompasses mental, physical, spiritual and emotional areas. Every aspect of life at the Youth Lodge, including rules and the approach to behaviour management, is considered part of an integrated, holistic program. It is intended to assist the participants in recognizing their less effective behaviours and through the process of self-evaluation, learn to make more effective choices in order to meet their needs.

The basic rules of life in the Youth Lodge are based on the safety and respect of all participants and staff. Residents will participate in the daily upkeep of the residence, attend school or a work/volunteer program and participate in programming.

Treatment Philosophy

“My Home On Turtle Island” is a group home for First Nations youth operating on the Six Nations of the Grand River. With the support of the Board of Directors, the staff of the Lodge follow the philosophy of Choice Theory as written by Dr. William Glasser.

It is our approach that to continue to focus on the behaviour of the youth and to attempt to change the behaviours through the use of external controls such as reward and punishment (consequences) is futile. In fact, behaviours are usually the symptom of the real problems which need to be addressed.

In our home, we individualize each program for every youth. We will attempt to determine what the reason is for the less effective behaviours and to the best of our abilities, to provide learning situations where the youth can gain skills to more adequately meet their life’s ambitions. We set boundaries that provide safety and protection for all. Our program focus is to assist the youth to self-assess and learn to independently move successfully through their lives, accepting responsibility for their behaviour and learning new skills.


The Lodge serves male and female youth ages 12 – 17. Priority is given to those who are members of Six Nations or New Credit; followed by other First Nations youth. The Lodge does not accept youth assessed as psychotic, suicidal or medically unstable (unless these conditions are under effective control by medical professionals). Youth on YOA probation may be considered for admission at the discretion of the Supervisor.


Referrals are forwarded to the Intake Worker at Ganǫhkwásra` Family Assault Support Services.

Intake consists of:

  • Pre-assessment screening (suitability of services)
  • Completion of Intake Package
  • Supervisor Interview/Screening
  • Information Needed:
  • Health Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Status Card if applicable
  • Social Insurance Number Card

The parent(s)/caregiver of youth between the ages of 12-16 are required to attend the Intake interview.