As caring adults, we want our children and grandchildren to live full and satisfying lives. Yet we know that they can experience trauma and loss, and that under such circumstances they can lose hope in themselves and in others.


Many adults feel uncertain about how best to support and guide children and youth in today’s complex and troubling world. Yet when given the opportunity to share and reflect on our own life experiences, we learn that there is much we can do to help them remain resilient and open to life so that they are less likely to hurt themselves and others.


In this workshop, participants examine two aspects of resilience: Deep Roots and Strong Wings. With deep roots, children know that they belong and are valued for who they are. With strong wings, children know that they have the skills they need to successfully navigate their world.


Some of the topics addressed in this workshop include:

  • Attachment theory: The primary needs of children and youth

  • The link between disrupted attachment and addictions

  • Recognizing and supporting hidden resilience in at-risk children and youth

  • Who are our children’s teachers?: Comparing the 'Attachment Village' and the 'Electronic Village'


This workshop introduces participants to relevant psychological theory and therapy practices. The emphasis is on learning through storytelling, art-based exercises and group reflection.

'Quilt' pieces made by workshop participants on the theme of 'The Attachment Village'.

The workshop has given me insight as to why both children and adults need to belong, be touched, be encouraged, and have their accomplishments celebrated. It has helped me understand why our teenagers don’t want to ‘walk’ with us. It will help me with my own parenting.  – Caroline Ignace-Spade, Mental Health Counsellor (Sioux Lookout, ON.)


What I found most valuable were the connections formed during the workshop – we formed our own attachment village.  - Diane Ironstand, Councillor, (Tootonaowaziibeeng Treaty Reserve, ON.)


What I liked best was the openess by all who shared stories from their hearts. The facilitator showed us by example how to really listen to each other - without judgement and with total acceptance. That created a very open environment where all felt comfortable. Jean Atkins (Selkirk, MB.)


The presentation of information was excellent. The workshop provided a safe place to share, and a place of peace and trust. Frances is a kind and loving facilitator. Thelma Pruden (Selkirk, MB.)


Miigwich for being in my path - I learned a lot from you and from the other participants. What I liked best were the trust games, the art activity, the use of the sharing circle, the handouts, the visuals, the presenter... And I loved the digital stories. Stories are people's truths. Tracy Kabatay, Family Preservation Worker, Seine River First Nation, ON.)