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White Buffalo Society is Setting the Stage
The White Buffalo Aboriginal and Metis Health Society is looking for women to take part in a project.
Setting the Stage for Young Women starts with focus groups to discuss the kinds of issues young women deal with when facing life challenges.
Co-ordinator Roberta Scharuda said the agency is looking for women between the ages of 19 and 24.
They don’t need to be aboriginal, but must have lifestyle challenges they are working to overcome.
The groups will begin as soon as enough women register and will continue to October, when the second stage of the project kicks in. Focus-group participants have priority in registering for this part, which co-ordinator Lisa Armstrong said will address economic prosperity and why many women are not able to achieve it.
For many, it’s a lack of skills, Armstrong said, or poor role modelling. For example, Armstrong said she dealt with two teenaged girls last year, both friends and both raising babies.
When she spoke to them about their life choices, each said they had the babies at the same time period so the children could also grow up to be friends — and that they were prepared to live on welfare, if necessary, because their mothers had done so.
“We want to help the women gain the skills and knowledge to make better decisions,” Armstrong said.
At the end of the second phase, each participant is expected to take on an awareness campaign of their choice — create a poster, organize a walk, speak with media, talk to students.
Participants receive certificates they can add to their resumes, something that is often key for young women living a poverty-entrenched lifestyle, but struggling to escape from it, Armstrong said.
Those interested can call the agency at 250-554-1176 or visit the office at 517A Tranquille Rd.