On March 12, 2020; Brokenhead Ojibway Nation and the START Program signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to begin a working relationship to assist the residents of the community. This is the first partnership that The START Program has entered into with a First Nation community.
See full MOU below and photos below
The purpose of this memorandum is to help establish a mutually beneficial working relationship between The START Program and Brokenhead Ojibway Nation to assist the residents of Brokenhead Ojibway Nation.
The START Program provides community mobilization services to youth and young adults in Selkirk, St. Clements, St. Andrews and Brokenhead Ojibway Nation. Our model is consent-based and client-centered. We bring together supports to assist the client in reaching their goals in a non-judgmental environment while offering support and advocacy to our clients and their families. In addition, we have resources available around the substance use of a loved one, parenting courses and youth anger management.
Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, which includes the community-based Restorative Justice and Health & Wellness Programs such as but not limited to Jordan’s Principle and Mental Wellness to provide services to all residents in the community. Our mission is to empower families to meet the exceptional needs of themselves and their children be ensuring readily accessible resources and services that are relevant, respectful and culturally based. This is accomplished b coordinating local resources, accessing provincial resources and creating & developing new and unique resources to meet the individual needs.
The parties listed above and those designated representatives of the START Program and Brokenhead Ojibway Nation agree that:
- Will work together to create stable support systems around our common clients when they are within the community or accessing resources outside of it
- Health and Wellness will make warm referrals of new clients to any programming offered by the START Program.
- The START Program will utilize community-based services as the on-site support for our clients that live on Brokenhead Ojibway Nation.
- We will observe the policies of both programs around client confidentiality while still ensuring the safety of the clients and others.
- Each program will provide opportunities for job shadowing and to become familiar with the resources of the others catchment with the goal of providing the best resource options for our clients
- We will have the management and appropriate staff of our two programs meet bi-annually, once in each area, to ensure that we are utilizing each other’s programs to their fullest extent, to share changes to our programs, address any concerns and to review this memorandum for any changes.
We, the undersign, approve and agree to the terms and conditions as outlined in this Memorandum of Understanding.
Signed on March 12, 2020 at Brokenhead Ojibway Nation