The MAHKWA Youth Crisis and Outreach Team is comprised of a trained Mental Health Worker and a Constable from Treaty Three Police responding to calls as a team, for youth in “self-identified” crisis. The team members work together to provide an effective intervention that aims to stabilize and/or resolve the crisis in the communities, with focus on ensuring successful linkages for ongoing supports in the post-intervention method. Along with crisis intervention services, the MAHKWA Youth Crisis and Outreach team supports community outreach activities, such as presentations and other youth community initiatives.
An important aspect of the work is coordinating follow-up with clients and making referrals for continued care within the service network of community partners. This ensures that clients receive quality services that go beyond crisis intervention in the post-intervention period.
The MAHKWA Program acknowledges the over-representation of Indigenous Youth in crisis. This collaboration between Treaty Three Police Service and Kenora Chiefs Advisory has improved the quality of service through building partnerships with support agencies and developing rapport with youth in our communities.
The MAHKWA Youth Crisis and Outreach Team have provided support to front-line officers when responding to Mental Health calls for service to ensure youth in crisis are provided with ongoing support and care.
SPIRIT OF HOPE
In January of 2021 Treaty Three Police hired Jody Smith, a member of the Ojiways of Onigaming, as the Spirit of Hope Coordinator. The Spirit of Hope Project will address Sexual Violence, Harassment and Human Trafficking. Through the project Treaty Three Police Service will provide education, awareness, and to mobilize 2SLGBTQQIA as an identified marginalized group.
This project will engage with our communities, Elders, Grand Council Treaty #3, community outreach groups, Child and Family Services and local Education Authorities on a multi-level approach that includes advocacy, systemic change and grass roots service provision.
The Spirit of Hope Project opened with a traditional ceremony held in Couchiching First Nation.
Elder Nancy Jones provided the opening prayer for the ceremony. A project logo was selected amongst youth contest participants.
The Spirit of Hope Project is funded by the Ministry of Solicitor General.