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Responding to Sexual Exploitation: Tracia's Trust
Continuum of Services
- At Our Relatives’ Place
- Child and Youth Care (CYC) Experiential Worker Training
- Chu Manitou Oyati Tipi
- Dream Catchers
- HOME (Hands of Our Mother Earth) Rural Healing Lodge
- Honouring the Spirit of our Little Sisters
- Ndinawe Safe Home
- Regional Team Development
- Restoring the Sacred
- Rose Hall
- Sage House
- Sexual Exploitation Unit
- Sexually Exploited Youth (SEY) Training
- Street Connections
- Transition, Education & Resources for Females (TERF) Mentor, Youth & Adults
- Transition, Education & Resources for Females (TERF) Youth/Adult Transition Home
At Our Relatives’ Place is a holistic and culturally congruent approach to child rearing. The foster care program is an adaptation of traditional Aboriginal practices of child protection whereby grandparents, aunties and uncles, sisters, brothers and extended community members step into the role of caregivers for children and youth. It is specifically designed to address the needs of Aboriginal children and youth (9 to 17 years of age) who are being sexually exploited. The program strives to create a model for intervention, prevention, and stabilization for youth by providing culturally accepting environments in rural and urban settings. At Our Relatives’ Place recognizes the importance of children’s and youth’s cultural roots, families, communities of origin and the role of significant individuals identified by the children.
Programs that comprise At Our Relatives’ Place are:
- 10 specialized foster care beds for sexually exploited children and youth
- 3 emergency foster care beds for sexually exploited youth
- 4-bed specialized foster home (Ka Mi Mina) for female sexually exploited youth and young adults who are aging out of CFS care
Since 2007, through a partnership with Red River College and Ndinawe, a full time 12 month program is offering training and education in the field of child and youth care (CYC) to former sex trade workers. Designed to help with getting kids off the streets, participants obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to intervene, assess, and formulate strategies that will enhance the quality of life for the children, youth and families they encounter.
It is well known that moving an experiential person – former sex trade worker – into stable and meaningful employment is particularly challenging and requires a multitude of supports. The Child and Youth Care Worker Training Program for Experiential Persons provides individuals who have past experience in the sex trade with community based, accredited training in a safe and supportive environment.
Nadinawe’s second stage housing, Chu Manitou Oyati Tipi (Big Wolf Nation Lives Here) is an innovative, transitional living program which opened in 2009. It provides stable, supportive housing for youth who are at significantly higher risk than their peers due to multiple, chronic risk factors, including chronic involvement with child and family services, being street-involved, and experiencing sexual exploitation. The target group is high-risk youth, ages 16 and 17, who fit the above criteria and would benefit from an independent living program. The facility has 12 self-contained bachelor suites and the programming includes empowerment, opportunity, and independence through both structured and unstructured programming, cultural and recreational services.
Dream Catchers, operated by Klinic Community Health Centre, is a program providing safe and therapeutic services for women and transgender individuals transitioning from the sex trade.
Weekly support groups are held.
Dream Catchers provides a safe, supportive place to start the healing journey.
HOME is a six-bed rural safe home that includes specialized services for sexually exploited female and transgender children/youth between the ages of 13 and 17.
The Rural Healing Lodge vision was inspired and developed in honour of the memory of children lost, and the ones that continue to be exploited and at great risk. Aboriginal values are central to the vision, design, planning and development of HOME.
Honouring the Spirit of our Little Sisters
Honouring the Spirit of our Little Sisters is a six bed safe transition home in Winnipeg for female and transgender youth who are currently being subjected to sexual exploitation. Comprehensive, holistic programming fosters a safe, welcoming and respectful environment. Services include cultural opportunities, education, employment, training, mentoring, life skills and volunteerism.
The Ndinawe Safe Home is a 16 bed facility that provides accessible 24 hour shelter and basic necessities for Winnipeg children and youth who are living on the streets and are at risk of abuse and exploitation. Unlike most group homes, youth can admit themselves without the help of child and family service workers. The staff offer culturally appropriate counselling and recreational services which help youth develop positive and safe lifestyles in a welcoming, supportive and safe home.
Under the Manitoba Strategy, a Regional Team is a committee, coalition, or group made up of various multi-system stakeholders whose goal is to provide services in an coordinated and integrated manner, including public awareness, and incorporating specialized training for team members to address the issue of sexual exploitation in any or all its forms regionally and provincially.
Regional teams bring together diverse community stakeholders utilizing strengths and resources that each brings to the table. Regional teams support existing services, and plan and initiate new programs, projects and activities to combat the issue of sexual exploitation.
Teams are currently being developed in various regions of Manitoba. Current teams in operation include:
- Sexually Exploited Youth Community Coalition (SEYCC) – Winnipeg, Manitoba
- Sexual Exploitation Awareness Team (SEAT), North Region – Thompson, Manitoba
- Westman Team Against Sexual Exploitation (W-TASE), Westman Region – Brandon, Manitoba
- Southeast Child and Youth Sexual Exploitation Prevention Committee, South East Region – Winnipeg, Manitoba.
- Swan Valley Committee for the Elimination of Sexual Abuse, Parkland South – Swan River, Manitoba
- Citizens Against Sexual Exploitation (CASE), Norman Region – The Pas, Manitoba
- Committee Advocating for the Removal of Sexual Exploitation (CARE), Parkland North – Dauphin, Manitoba
- North Eastman Regional Sexual Exploitation (NERSE) team, Eastman Region – Pinefalls, Manitoba
- Flin Flon Area Against Sexual Exploitation (FAASE) team, North Region – Flin Flon, Manitoba
- Central Team Committee – Wings (CTC-Wings), Central Region – Portage La Prairie, Manitoba
- Grandmothers’ Protecting Our Children Council – Winnipeg, Manitoba
- Norway House / Cross Lake Sexual Exploitation Team, North Region – Norway House First Nation and Cross Lake First Nation, Manitoba
If you would like more information about regional teams or about the team in your region please contact the regional team coordinator:
Sexual Exploitation Unit
Child Protection Branch
777 Portage Avenue
Phone: (204) 945-6964
Fax: (204) 948-4383
Child Protection Branch
777 Portage Avenue
Phone: (204) 945-6964
Fax: (204) 948-4383
Restoring the Sacred is an after-school, peer mentorship program for Aboriginal youth who are transitioning from rural and/or northern communities to attend school in Winnipeg. The program provides a culturally safe environment where youth, ages 14-21 can develop positive relationships, enhance their life skills, and participate in social and cultural activities focused on developing healthy, happy, resilient and motivated youth leaders and achievers.
Operated by Marymound, Rose Hall is a specialized treatment home for sexually exploited youth. The program focuses on the individual needs of the youth and the home is located away from known sexual exploitation / sex trade areas. Therapeutic services are available onsite and strong community resource connections help ensure youth have access to available services. See Marymound website for information.
Sage House, a program of Mount Carmel Clinic, is a health, outreach and resource centre that provides a wide variety of services to street-involved women (including transgender women). Staff members at Sage House provide support, resources and advocacy regarding education, addictions treatment, EIA, housing, child and family services, justice and harm reduction. Programs and workshops, facilitated by staff and peers, are also available.
Sage House also has a street outreach team that connects with women currently working in the sex trade, providing harm reduction services, crisis intervention and support.
The Sexual Exploitation Unit (SEU) is housed at the Child Protection Branch, Family Services. It coordinates a provincial, multi-jurisdictional response to the issue of child and adult sexual exploitation through Tracia’s Trust, Manitoba’s Sexual Exploitation Strategy. Unit staff:
- Provide expert advice on program and policy issues, or on specific cases, relevant to sexual exploitation and sex trafficking to government and to other multi-sector stakeholders;
- Provide and coordinate the delivery of training on sexual exploitation and sex trafficking; and
- Provide oversight with respect to specialized programs and services funded or initiated by the province that fall under the Manitoba Strategy.
As the long-term goal of the Manitoba Strategy is to abolish child sexual exploitation, appropriate training for our service systems, as well as general public awareness, is critical to this goal’s accomplishment. Increased knowledge and skill for those people working with child & youth affected by sexual exploitation will increase success in intervening with high-risk youth.
The training helps build:
- awareness and understanding of one’s own strengths, biases, and values, and
- skill sets in working with children & youth affected by sexual exploitation.
This training allows for the participant to view the issue of sexual exploitation of children and youth by hearing the voices of those involved as a way to clarify important issues, dispel myths and misconceptions, and challenge conventional views of young people who sell sex.
To find out about becoming involved in this training, contact:
Jane Runner, Program Manager
Transition, Education and Resources for Females (TERF)
Ta Ka Ke Pimatisichik Iskwewak - Letting in the Light for Women
New Directions for Children, Youth, Adults and Families
500 - 717 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3G 0M8
Phone: 204 - 786-7051 ext. 260
Fax: 204 - 772-7069
Street Connections, an outreach program provided by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WHRA), works on “preventing harm and promoting health” with at-risk populations – people involved with drugs, the sex trade and street life. The services provided help people to lower their risk through harm reduction.
TERF, operated by New Directions, focuses on children, youth, women and transgender individuals who have been exploited through the sex trade. TERF uses a combination of approaches to help participants achieve their goals. Programs are participant-directed and delivered through a holistic model, balancing spiritual, mental, physical and emotional needs.
TERF assists in stabilizing living situations, promoting healthy lifestyles and building confidence and self-esteem.
TERF focuses on children, youth, women and transgender females who have been exploited through the sex trade. The TERF Youth/Adult Transition Home is an 8-bed, independent living, residential care facility for sexually exploited youth ages 17 – 20 who are wards of the child and family services system. The project’s goal is to ensure that exploited female and transgender youth have access to safe, supportive transitional housing.