Date posted: June 19, 2015
Since National Aboriginal Day and Father’s Day both occur this coming Sunday, today’s blog post will feature some resources for Aboriginal fathers.
Fatherhood is Forever is one in a series of four booklets designed for First Nations and Métis parents in BC. It discusses why fathers are important, learning how to be a father, and some of the different approaches that can work in different situations. The booklet recognizes that many men grew up without an involved father and encourages: “The best thing about life is that it takes place in the moment. Every moment, you can choose a path of healing. Every step that you take in your own healing is a step towards becoming a better father.” Many ways are discussed that men can be confident and effective fathers, including providing a safe place for their children to grow, showing affection, honouring the children’s mother, and being a role model to build trust and respect. Other titles in the series are: Parents as First Teachers, Family Connections and Growing Up Healthy.
Aboriginal Dads is a section of the 24 Hr Cribside Assistance website for dads, by dads. It presents information on Aboriginal men as fathers and father/child relationships, as well as providing access to the general information and advice for all new dads. The following video is from the website:
Fatherhood: Indigenous Men’s Journeys is a 40 minute documentary that presents six Canadian First Nations and Métis fathers, aged 27 to 60, talking frankly about overcoming significant social obstacles and personal challenges in order to become positive role models for their children. To borrow a copy of this DVD, email firstname.lastname@example.org.