Dane-zaa Traditional Decision-Making Model

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The Dane-zaa Traditional Decision Making Model is a culturally safe, community based, child welfare intervention tool based on Dane-zaa traditions and culture. The tool is intended to contribute to more positive outcomes for children and families involved in the child welfare system. A 2-3 day circle is held with families, Elders, child welfare representatives, and traditional drummers. The primary goal of The Circle is to determine The Trail or path forward to address both immediate and long-term issues. Within the context of the Dane-zaa worldview, communication, collaboration and healing become the focus of the work. The process was developed based on a community need and has been strongly informed by the community. Preliminary outcome findings suggest that the TDM model provided a higher level of support for families. Involved families reported a greater trust in the process and experienced a sense of hope that positive outcomes could be achieved for their families. This tool was developed in partnership between the Nenan Dane zaa Deh Zona Family Services Society, researchers from Simon Fraser university and the International Institute for Child Rights and Development.

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