Heart to Heart is a five-year community-driven and research-based project that focuses on creating a teen dating violence prevention curriculum and program from an Indigenous-designed lens.

About Heart to Heart

Ode zhigo Ode (Heart to Heart) is a five-year community-driven and research-based project that focuses on creating a teen dating violence prevention curriculum and program from an Indigenous-designed lens. There are four major components to our project:

  1. A culturally adapted curriculum
  2. An Indigenous-specific teen dating violence prevention program
  3. A Youth summit in the final year and a knowledge dissemination process
  4. An Indigenized Life Story Board tool

Where Are We Based

The curriculum and program will be based out of the City of Winnipeg. Having the highest percentage of Indigenous people living within its borders, Winnipeg has always been the center of settler-colonialism, and as a result, the Indigenous people living in or near the city experience higher rates of gender-based violence and other forms of colonialism.

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Who We Help

The Heart to Heart program seeks to aid Indigenous youth aged 12-17 in having healthy relationships. Our project partners are staff of Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata, staff of Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad Inc, RESOLVE, the Youth Advisory Council, two community Elders, and two program facilitators. It is the primary focus of our project to include the youth perspective throughout the process – all the way from the development of teams to the creation and implementation of the curriculum and program.

Our Mission

We hope to bring resources to community that allow for Indigenous youth to create, uphold and promote healthy relationships with one another so that they can persevere in society. It is imperative that we highly consider the voices and perspectives of youth, as they are the ones who have lived-experience regarding the dynamics of teen relationships.

From October 2018 to March 2023.