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Doctor Martin Brokenleg to teach on the First Nations concept Circle of Courage.

Doctor Martin Brokenleg's Circle of Courage
Doctor Martin Brokenleg's Circle of Courage

On March 23rd, Fort Macleod’s Kids First Family Center organization will be hosting an all day workshop, where Dr. Martin Brokenleg will speak on the Circle of Courage life model.

Dr. Martin Brokenleg is a renowned Lakota Sioux youth-care expert and is co-author of “Reclaiming Youth at Risk: Our Hope for the Future”. His background in this area includes a doctorate in psychology, 30 years as Professor of Native American Studies at Augustana College of Sioux Falls, and consulting and leading training programs throughout North America, New Zealand and South Africa.

Circle of Courage
The Circle of Courage is a First Nations concept that centers on four principal values on childrearing – belonging, independence, mastery and generosity.

The all-day workshop, held at the Fort Macleod community hall on Tuesday, March 23rd will involve the schools within the Livingstone Range School Division. As well, Tina Williams, First Nations family support worker with Kids First invites, “Educators, anyone working with children or youth, parents, students, anyone working with or employing teenagers,” to attend.

Williams has only words of praise for Dr. Martin Brokenleg. She says,

He’s a very gentle and soft-spoken man. I was fortunate enough to attend his rorkshop in Calgary last year. It was so amazing. I went away wishing everyone I knew could have the same experience I had… Some of the quotes I came away with still come to mind; Belonging means knowing that you matter. Shame is different than guilt. Punishment is momentary discipline.”

To Register for The Circle of Courage
The cost for participating in this workshop is $50, which includes lunch. To register, phone Kids First Family Center in Fort Macleod at 403-553-5354. Deadline is March 16.

Source:  Fort Macleod Gazette


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