HEALING AND RECONCILIATION FOR COMMUNITIES AND FAMILIES

Snuneymuxw First Nation Collaboration and Reconciliation with Roots to Thrive Program

The Snuneymuxw First Nation Collaboration and Reconciliation with Roots to Thrive Program addresses the unresolved trauma and chronic mental health conditions resulting from colonization, racism, residential schools, and generational trauma.

Partnering with the Roots to Thrive Ketamine-Assisted Therapy program, this initiative seeks to provide community-based psychedelic medicine-assisted therapy to Snuneymuxw First Nation members. The program contributes to decolonization and reconciliation efforts while promoting individual and collective healing through a culturally informed approach.

Funding from the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund supported 13 Snuneymuxw First Nation members to participate in a 12-week cohort, incorporating Ketamine-Assisted Therapy (KaT) sessions and community of practice group therapy. 

Pre and post-program assessments allow program organizers to measure the transformational impact of this collaboration and reconciliation initiative. Metrics and conclusions include self-reporting of mental health outcomes and improvements in overall well-being. 

By offering an alternative approach to mental health treatment through psychedelic-assisted therapy, this project acknowledges the need for reconciliatory pathways to healing that go beyond Western methods and medicine.

Additional information

For more information about the Snuneymuxw First Nation Collaboration and Reconciliation with Roots to Thrive Program, including program start dates, testimonials from participants, and updates on the community’s healing journey, please visit https://rootstothrive.com/

Diocese of Victoria