CONTACT US:

 

Estelle Simard, MSW, RSW, ABD - Education

Pronouns: She/Her/Ikwe 
Board member and CEO
The Institute for Culturally Restorative Practices 
P.O. Box 723

Rainy River, Ontario 

P0W1L0
(807) 271-4828
email:

estelle.simard@culturallyrestorativepractices.ca

 

SALES AND EVENT PLANNING:

 

Michael Mosher, BA

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Acting Executive Director

Director of Sales and Marketing

The Institute for Culturally Restorative Practices 

P. O. Box 723

Rainy River, Ontario 
P0W1L0

(807) 271-0554

email: michael.mosher@culturallyrestorativepractices.ca

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History

History:

The Institute for Culturally Restorative Practices was opened in 2009 under a sole proprietorship, and officially became incorporated in 2012.

INCORPORATED

IN GOOD STANDING – STRATEGY FOR ABORIGINAL BUSINESS (PSAB)

IN GOOD STANDING – ABORIGINAL BUSINESS DIRECTORY (ABD)

IN GOOD STANDING – ONTARIO COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SERVICE WORKERS AND SOCIAL WORKERS (OCSSWSW)

IN GOOD STANDING – ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS (OASW)

Organizational Highlights:

  • The Institute for Culturally Restorative Practices is an incorporated body that works to make meaningful change in the lives of Indigenous people of Canada.

 

  • We at the Institute for Culturally Restorative Practices have worked at empowering First Nation’s people and their allies in the development of a skills set to practice relationships in the light of our shared colonial history.

 

  • The Institute has worked extensively at providing opportunities to make meaningful change through the practice of cross-cultural relational building.

 

  • The Institute has educated various service professionals across Ontario, Quebec, and BC whose work range from social work, to child welfare, to mental health, to health, to justice, to recreation, to child development, to education – elementary to graduate school level participants, and to governments such as the Ministry of Child and Youth Services, the Provincial Advocates Office, and the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs. Professionals from across these service sectors have accessed the Institute’s researched based knowledge and Indigenous learning modalities as a mechanism to culturally safe practice.

 

  • Ministry of Child and Youth Services – Child welfare and the Aboriginal Unit

  • Ministry of Attorney General – North west Region

  • Ministry of the Provincial Advocate – Research

  • Child Welfare Agencies of Ontario

  • Native child welfare agencies of Ontario

  • Party Territorial Organizations

  • Various Indigenous Health organizations across Ontario

  • Friendship Centers across Ontario

  • Justice workers

  • First Nation communities throughout Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec

  • Missing and Murder Women’s Initiatives

 

The Institute for Culturally Restorative Practices has developed curriculum that specializes in cross cultural relationship building. Educational Seminars are core to the Institute.

  • At the Institute we have developed curriculum such as the:

  • Culturally Restorative Practice™

  • Culturally Restorative Developmental Milestones™

  • Cultural Attachment Theory in Practice™

  • Ending Lateral Violence in First Nation communities™

  • Wellness and Addiction™

  • Self Efficacy and Indigenous Development™

 

ICRP commissioned curriculum work are as follows:

  • Ministry of Attorney General / Whitefish Bay’s – Alternative to the Partner Assault Response Program – 17 Week – Wiijitiwin Curriculum for Men who Batter

  • First Nation Training Initiative Project “ Weweni ganawenimaadaanig abinoojiiwag: Caring for the Children

  • Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services, Inc – Niiwii-giikendaan Minowaawinigoziwin Curriculum – Addictions’ curriculum

 

The Institute for Culturally Restorative Practices has worked at developing cultural safe education and programming for health care professions. The Institute has worked with senior managers at Waasegiizhig Nanaandawe’iyewiggamig Health Services in the development of culturally safe practices.

 

  • In addition to these two organizations, the Institute has worked with the Sioux Look First Nation Health Authority and Ornge in areas of Aboriginal relations and cultural competency training for health personnel ~ primarily doctors and nurse practitioners, or Ornge ambassadors.

 

At the Institute, we understand First Nation reality and worldview and the complexities involved with cross-cultural relationship in service provision. Our commitment, our knowledge, and our practice are based on reciprocal learning and relationship building. We want to develop relationships with service professionals and help them to understand the unique cultural context that exists for First Nation clients. In doing so, we have empowered Indigenous people to navigate through the structures designed to help them.

 

At The Institute for Culturally Restorative Practices, Inc. we have promoted organization development in areas of:

  • Cultural Development

  • Program Development (with culturally restorative frameworks)

  • Organizational Development (with culturally restorative frameworks)

  • Financial Development & Fund Raising Efforts (specific to cultural programming and service development)

  • Practice based research initiatives promoting culturally based standards into programs and practice

  • Creating culturally safe evaluations mechanisms, quantifiable cultural standards in program development, and culturally restorative program evaluations in Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations.

  • First Nation and Provincial Government liaison, advocacy, research, and dialogue on Indigenous well-being in the context of development, child welfare, mental health, youth justice, and community development.

 

  • Further, The Institute for Culturally Restorative Practices, Inc. understands change happens at an individual level, and within their scope of influence they make the changes within organizations more effectively than an outsider coming in.  In our experience, the Culturally Restorative Practices educational seminars gives practitioners the ability to make meaningful and sustained changed for the Indigenous child, family, and community we serve.