Mi’kmaq Cultural Coordinators employ traditional healing practices, ceremonies, counselling techniques, training and intervention strategies to restore hope, self-pride, respect and strong family values. This involves helping clients identify, understand and overcome the social/emotional challenges that have contributed to addictive, neglectful and/or abusive behaviors that have resulted in the breakdown of the family unit and consequential risk of losing their children and families. It also includes making such referrals as necessary for appropriate treatment and or intervention and walking with clients on their journey to recovery.
They can participate in Family Group Conferencing when requested and provide cultural advice and recommendations to MCFSNB. They work in conjunction with band administration health, education and addiction services staff as well as Elders and other community members to participate in or deliver prevention-based ceremonial, developmental, and social groups/activities for children and youth.