Programs

STR8 UP offers a variety of programs to our members. Most are closed to the public unless otherwise stated.

If you’re interested in participating in our programming, please contact Allison, our Program Coordinator, at 306-244-1791.

General Programming

Moving Forward Program

An 18 month personal healing and professional development program focused around STR8 UP’s healing model and medicine wheel teachings. Participants complete 10-30 hours of programming a week which includes a work placement along with physical, mental, emotional and spiritual programming offered in conjunction with many community partners. Program partner organizations include: CFS, GTNT Theatre, CNYC, YWCA, Restorative Circles, the University of Saskatchewan, YMCA, and many more.

Women’s Programming

Depending on the number of women who are active members at STR8 UP we offer a few programs. These have included women’s sharing circles, family friendly activities, and women’s health initiatives. Specifically, we’ve partnered with DivaCup to provide education and training to women interested in switching to a menstrual cup.

Community Sharing Circle

Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at 226 Avenue V South. Facilitated by Stacey Swampy, STR8 UP Member. This sharing circle gives STR8 UP members and the community a chance to share their struggles and hurts in a safe environment. This program is open for all members of the community to take part.

Corrections

STR8 UP facilities sharing circles at Kilburn Hall (youth offender facility in Saskatoon) and at Saskatoon Correctional Centre (men’s correctional facility).

Partnership program with CFS Saskatoon – lifeskills program dealing with addictions, relationships, boundaries, etc.

Outreach support, counselling, case planning

Cultural Programming

Sharing Circle

Weekly sharing circles facilitated by STR8 UP member Stacey Swampy (open to community) and monthly sharing circle facilitated by staff at our member’s meeting (closed to the public).

Sweat Lodges

Once a month (Spring-Fall) lodges are offered in conjunction with Beardy’s-Okemasis First Nations. Members are encouraged to attend these sweats or to involve themselves in parallel (faith-based or peer) support groups.

Culture Camp

Each year, STR8 UP organizes a cultural camp for members and their families. The purpose of this camp is to provide Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal members and their children an opportunity to learn more about First Nations culture, language and customs.