The specialized services refer to the interventions carried out by the specialized educators, the Anicinape intervenors as well as by the psychologist, employed by Mino Obigiwasin.
All of these services were implemented progressively during the year 2020-2021 and considering the needs present in the four signatory communities of the agreement as well as new hirings to come, an increase in the number of services is certainly to be expected.
In summary, the role of a special educator is to
- Accompany parents in establishing a life routine for children;
- To equip parents, improve or develop the educational potential of parents (parenting skills);
- Developing autonomy in adolescents;
- Helping teenagers with certain behavioral difficulties and their families, for example: drug use, online game addiction, school absenteeism, lifestyle, bedtime and wake-up time, etc.
The role of the Anicinape Intervenor is to ensure that services are offered according to an Anicinape approach and mode of communication (language, vocabulary, intonations, silences, non-verbals, time, etc.). He/she works with social intervenors to offer culturally safe services to parents and children and to sensitize social intervenors to the realities of the Anicinape. They must have knowledge of the people, the families and the functioning of the community. He can also act as a natural helper for the youth and their parents by listening to them, informing them or accompanying them to the services available in the community.
The services of a psychologist, employed by Mino Obigiwasin, are available since January 2021. When needed, these psychological follow-ups are offered to the youth receiving Anicinape child and family services, provided by our teams in the four signatory communities.