The Walgwan therapeutic program is for a duration of 14 weeks (or longer if necessary). It is divided into four phases, represented by animals, that reflect the journey during a stay at Walgwan.
The coyote phase
The coyote represents the youth’s vigilance and the curiosity upon arriving at the Walgwan Center. It is a phase of awakening and adjustment to a new environment.
The wolf phase
At this stage, the young person begins to create emotional attachments and starts to work with others in a family environment, like the wolf and his pack.
The beaver phase
The beaver is hard-working and perseverant. The beaver represents the period during which the youth begins to concentrate his/her efforts on self-esteem, adaptation strategies for life’s obstacles, resilience and healing.
The eagle phase
The eagle spreads its wings: the youth is ready to leave the nest.
This four-week program is for youth who are likely to develop bad consumption habits to deal with obstacles. The youth will learn how to manage an accumulation of stress and their emotions. They will develop tools to face challenges such as divorce, peer pressure, intimidation and sickness.
Cultural and spiritual programs
Traditional ceremonies are an integral part of our programs at Walgwan. They are held every morning, every week and following the end of each phase of the program. The regular ceremonies include purification, the sweat lodge, talking and sharing circles, the sunrise ceremony, solstice and equinox celebrations, etc.
Traditional and natural medicines are also a part of our life at Walgwan. Elders, who have extensive knowledge, approve the use of plants.
Ethics and religious courses are offered to clients who believe in Christian spirituality. Also, anyone who wishes to attend church may do so. There are Catholic, Anglican and United churches in the close vicinity of the Walgwan Center.
A typical day at Walgwan
8:15 a.m.: Wake-up time.
8:30 a.m.: You are expected to be ready for your day. You need to shower, get dressed and make sure your room is tidy before breakfast at the table.
8:45 a.m. (later on weekends): Breakfast is served.
After breakfast: You complete your assigned tasks, attend the morning ceremony and then prepare for the rest of the day.
- School or activities to prepare for the job market
- Thematic workshops
- One-on-one meetings with your educator
- Cultural Program
- Daily outing
- Any other planned activities: swimming, boxing, skating, gymnastics, sports, basketry, beading, etc.
In the evening: activities are also planned. You can also listen to music with your player and headphones, keep a newspaper, watch TV and movies.
9:00 p.m. (later on weekends): The quiet period begins.