Title: Trend setting in Manitoba: The challenge of designing the First Nations maternal child health Stregthening Families program in Manitoba. - Canadian Issues, Winter 2009
Author(s): Rachel Eni, Tara Prakash, Sacha Senécal
Abstract: Research surrounding home-visitation programming emanates primarily from programs implemented in North American mainstream / non-Aboriginal populations. As such, designing a program in a manner that is reflective of the cultural and contextual differences between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples are a challenge. It requires trying to balance evidence found in mainstream research while attempting to maintain Aboriginal cultural integrity which includes First Nation governance and empowerment. Manitoba Child Health a Canadian First Nations on-reserve home visiting program; Strengthening Families (MCH-SF) is the Manitoba regional component. This paper reviews how MCH-SF has incorporated several core elements from mainstream programs while responding to cultural integrity: MCH-SF is First Nations driven, supportive of self-governance, and formulated within a collaborative context; it involves the voices of families, and abides by the principles of self-determination; finally, it is engaged in continuous exploration of the underlying principles and theoretical perspectives guiding the program.