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The Institute for Culturally Restorative Practices

Principles of Practice:

The Institute for Culturally Restorative Practice is a value based approach to change management at an individual, family, community, or organizational level.  These core values are a set of behaviors and actions which are based in Indigenous reciprocity.  This means the Institute for Culturally Restorative Practices incorporates at all levels of management: respect, collaboration, authenticity, self-awareness, and empowerment in all areas of engagement. 


Further to these values based approaches, the Institute for Culturally Restorative Practices principles of practices are as follows:


Culturally Safe Environments

The Institute for Culturally Restorative Practice is committed to creating a culturally safe environment for Indigenous peoples that access a wide array of services – child welfare, mental health, health and wellness, education, and child development services.  Creating culturally safe environments requires organizational change through educational services.


Indigenous Worldviews into Service Practice

The Institute for Culturally Restorative Practices promotes the integration of Indigenous worldview into service practice.  The Institute has an appreciation for the Indigenous teachings and how these unique teachings can carefully unfold and evolve into rich Indigenous service practice standards.  The Institute is inspired by 25 years of professional and spiritual mentorship, designed to offer wellness through an Indigenous paradigm.  As a result, the Institute for Culturally Restorative Practices thrives on supporting the development of culturally driven services for Indigenous peoples. 


Promotion of Individual and Organizational Self-Discovery

The Institute for Culturally Restorative Practice is an innovated service designed to promote individual and organizational self-discovery by enhancing leadership strategies in culturally restorative practices.  By mentoring and supporting organizational change dynamics an Indigenous perspective can restore an evolving service relationship.  The Institute for Culturally Restorative Practices promotes networking and relationship building as a part of a transformational process.  By working with First Nation communities, organizations, and governments, a process of harmonization can occur. 


Personal Transformation for Creating Sustainable Change

The Institute for Culturally Restorative Practices believes in personal transformation for creating sustainable change.  By making our services work for Indigenous children, families, and communities we can achieve better outcomes for the children. A collective process through educational awareness can advance the much needed paradigm shift when working with Indigenous people.  Individual or organizational self discovery through dialectic change models is a necessary component to the culturally restorative practice change model. 


Indigenous Self-Determination

Finally, the Institute for Culturally Restorative Practices is devoted to empowering Indigenous Nations to champion their own membership.  The Institute seeks to support the Indigenous development of sacred responsibility in caring for each other.  With culturally restorative research models and the use of cultural attachment strategies, Indigenous worldviews can evolve in service standards.   


The Institute for Culturally Restorative Practices seeks to empower Indigenous ways of knowing into service delivery systems with the sole purpose of creating better outcomes of Indigenous children, family, and communities.


The Institute for Culturally Restorative Practices service delivery system is structured to complete this mission:

  1. To help create better outcomes which are meaningful for Indigenous children by promoting Indigenous worldviews into practice.

    1. Through culturally restorative practice models

    2. Through cultural attachment strategies

  2. To build Indigenous practice based evidence, to support greater systematic change

    1. Through research

    2. Through development

  3. To know and understand Indigenous context, historical impacts, residual and generational effects on today’s generation

    1. Through Indigenous educational processes

    2. Through Indigenous curriculum development processes

  4. To support the development of service structure within communities which are culturally safe for Indigenous children, youth, families, and communities.

    1. Through the Natural Protective Network Principle

    2. Through Indigenous best practice paradigms

Organizational Highlights:

  • The Institute for Culturally Restorative Practices is an incorporated body that works to make meaningful change in the lives of Indigenous people of Canada.


  • We at the Institute for Culturally Restorative Practices have worked at empowering First Nation’s people and their allies in the development of a skills set to practice relationships in the light of our shared colonial history.


  • The Institute has worked extensively at providing opportunities to make meaningful change through the practice of cross-cultural relational building.


  • The Institute has educated various service professionals across Ontario, Quebec, and BC whose work range from social work, to child welfare, to mental health, to health, to justice, to recreation, to child development, to education – elementary to graduate school level participants, and to governments such as the Ministry of Child and Youth Services, the Provincial Advocates Office, and the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs. Professionals from across these service sectors have accessed the Institute’s researched based knowledge and Indigenous learning modalities as a mechanism to culturally safe practice.


  • Ministry of Child and Youth Services – Child welfare and the Aboriginal Unit

  • Ministry of Attorney General – North west Region

  • Ministry of the Provincial Advocate – Research

  • Child Welfare Agencies of Ontario

  • Native child welfare agencies of Ontario

  • Party Territorial Organizations

  • Various Indigenous Health organizations across Ontario

  • Friendship Centers across Ontario

  • Justice workers

  • First Nation communities throughout Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec

  • Missing and Murder Women’s Initiatives


The Institute for Culturally Restorative Practices has developed curriculum that specializes in cross cultural relationship building. Educational Seminars are core to the Institute.

  • At the Institute we have developed curriculum such as the:

  • Culturally Restorative Practice™

  • Culturally Restorative Developmental Milestones™

  • Cultural Attachment Theory in Practice™

  • Ending Lateral Violence in First Nation communities™

  • Wellness and Addiction™

  • Self Efficacy and Indigenous Development™


ICRP commissioned curriculum work are as follows:

  • Ministry of Attorney General / Whitefish Bay’s – Alternative to the Partner Assault Response Program – 17 Week – Wiijitiwin Curriculum for Men who Batter

  • First Nation Training Initiative Project “ Weweni ganawenimaadaanig abinoojiiwag: Caring for the Children

  • Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services, Inc – Niiwii-giikendaan Minowaawinigoziwin Curriculum – Addictions’ curriculum


The Institute for Culturally Restorative Practices has worked at developing cultural safe education and programming for health care professions. The Institute has worked with senior managers at Waasegiizhig Nanaandawe’iyewiggamig Health Services in the development of culturally safe practices.


  • In addition to these two organizations, the Institute has worked with the Sioux Look First Nation Health Authority and Ornge in areas of Aboriginal relations and cultural competency training for health personnel ~ primarily doctors and nurse practitioners, or Ornge ambassadors.


At the Institute, we understand First Nation reality and worldview and the complexities involved with cross-cultural relationship in service provision. Our commitment, our knowledge, and our practice are based on reciprocal learning and relationship building. We want to develop relationships with service professionals and help them to understand the unique cultural context that exists for First Nation clients. In doing so, we have empowered Indigenous people to navigate through the structures designed to help them.


At The Institute for Culturally Restorative Practices, Inc. we have promoted organization development in areas of:

  • Cultural Development

  • Program Development (with culturally restorative frameworks)

  • Organizational Development (with culturally restorative frameworks)

  • Financial Development & Fund Raising Efforts (specific to cultural programming and service development)

  • Practice based research initiatives promoting culturally based standards into programs and practice

  • Creating culturally safe evaluations mechanisms, quantifiable cultural standards in program development, and culturally restorative program evaluations in Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations.

  • First Nation and Provincial Government liaison, advocacy, research, and dialogue on Indigenous well-being in the context of development, child welfare, mental health, youth justice, and community development.


  • Further, The Institute for Culturally Restorative Practices, Inc. understands change happens at an individual level, and within their scope of influence they make the changes within organizations more effectively than an outsider coming in.  In our experience, the Culturally Restorative Practices educational seminars gives practitioners the ability to make meaningful and sustained changed for the Indigenous child, family, and community we serve.

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