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Sts’ailes and Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village Our Unique Relationship. Evolution of the Healing Village.
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Our Unique Relationship
After much consultation and consideration, the Inclusive Partnership option would meet both Chehalis and CSC’s mandates and vision.
MOU Signing 2001
In May 2001 the Chehalis Indian Band and CSC - Kwiwkexwelhp signed an MOU that defined the parameters of the relationship and officially in October Elbow Lake Institution was renamed Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village, “ A place where we gather medicines”.
Si’wesalhSlelhals (Senate Advisory Committee)
Cooperative Programs Board (CO-OP)
Citizen Advisory Committee – including members of Chehalis
Contracted Services (Community Engagement and Cultural Activities)
Consultation during Transfers and ETA considerations
Our community house was built in 2001. A Sts’ailes band member was hired at that time and continues to work with CSC today.
This is the only building of its kind within any CSC prison. This home is in essence a Longhouse. However, since this building would also be used for meetings as well as ceremony, it was determined that this would be more appropriately named a Community House.
Our Community House has been officially approved as the site for Parole Board hearings.
We hold monthly Welcome Ceremony and Open Forum meetings in the Community House as well as various training and graduation ceremonies .
To maintain our home with the same integrity as in the community, we conduct a Winter opening (November) and closing ceremony (February) as per the longhouse protocols.
Community House Model
Raising of the poles
Human resource development; Co-mentorship program in 2012. Kwìkwèxwelhp was able to obtain funding for 3 people from the local communities to participate in 90 days of work experience in a CSC environment. This resulted in 2 clerical staff (CR) being hired, 1 as a term by RHQ and 1 as casual at Kwìkwèxwelhp.
Boyd Peters is the chairperson of our CAC . Our membership now includes a First Nations member from Leq\' a: mel First Nations in Deroche.
The relationship between Kwìkwèxwelhp and Sts’ailes continues to strengthen, and is setting an example on how partnerships with Aboriginal communities is paramount to the safe reintegration of Aboriginal offenders ultimately resulting in safer communities.