“A definitive factor in Circle of Eagles’ success is that it is a culturally appropriate program. Elders and volunteers lead our Aboriginal brothers and sisters through sweat lodges and smudging ceremonies to talking circles combined with traditional employment training programs to addiction counseling,”
The role of COELS has evolved and grown since its inception, and the organization currently offers a variety of programming including men’s and women’s Community Residential Facilities (CRFs), a Pre-employment program, a yearly healing journey, and a youth cultural and life skills program.
COELS takes a holistic approach to integrating its clients into the broader community. Holistic care includes mental health and addictions counselling, pre-employment training, cultural programming, and referrals to external services and supports.
Brothers and Sisters who have lived in COELS Community Residential Facilities frequently move on to full-time work and independent living, becoming active participants in the Canadian economy. Students in COELS’s pre-employment program leave better equipped to secure sustainable gainful employment. When possible COELS provides work and/ or volunteer experience to the residents of COELS’s Community Residential Facilities, teaching them work and life skills, and providing them with work experience which will assist in their pursuit of future employment. At the core of these programs is COELS’s desire to support its clients in every way possible to become contributing members of their communities.