Overview of the Family Healing Program and Centres
Over 20 years ago, the First Nation communities in Nova Scotia recognized a need to address the problem of high rates family violence which seemed to plague our communities. Under the auspices of Mi’kmaw Family Children’s Services of Nova Scotia (MFCS), the Mi’kmaw Family Healing Program was developed through the assistance of the Federal government’s Family Violence Initiative, as well as, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's Project Haven - both of which were designed to fund shelters in First Nation communities for women and children who were victims of family violence.
In February of 1991, The Agency's Board of Directors passed a motion providing MFCS with both the direction and a mandate to develop a proposal for two four-unit Family Treatment Centres (transition houses) with a full-range of services for women, men, and children. Throughout the 1990-1991 year, the Family Violence Program of MFCS developed a Personnel Education Program to provide training to front-line workers and resource community members to work with women, men, and children who experience family violence. The Waycobah Family Healing Centre was established and became operational on March 1993 and the Millbrook Family Healing Centre on July 1994.