Our Children’s Homes are supported by a Knowledge Keeper who provides spiritual support as well as advising on culturally appropriate programming, teachings, and ways of knowing. Our Senior Director of Indigenous Relations supports a Council of Directors to ensure every team member working with our children are providing culturally appropriate and supportive care to all the children. YWCA recognizes that 80% of children in the child welfare system identify as Indigenous, a result of generations of colonialism, residential schooling, and trauma that disrupts Indigenous families to this day. We are committed to taking the steps to address this and change the story for the kids in our care. The ultimate goal for children residing in our homes is to provide culturally supportive and trauma-informed safe places as they transition to stable homes, or, hopefully, be reunified with their families.