s â k î y ı s o

Understanding and Building
Healthy Relationships

 A First Nations Violence Prevention Teacher Guide



sâkîyıso: Loving Oneself

Understanding and Building Healthy Relationships

sâkîyıso – Understanding and Building Healthy Relationships uses Cree/Nêhiyaw cultural
knowledge to support the development of healthy relationships amongst peers, dating partners, family and community. Indigenous languages, tipi teachings, videos featuring Indigenous youth and Elders, and the preparation and hosting of a traditional feast support the development of protective factors that prevent violence against self and others. sâkîyıso also provides a historical approach to explain the effects of colonialism and internalized oppression as they impact the mental health of young people, and demonstrates a sustainable, self-reflective spiritual and cultural path forward. The four units provide comprehensive knowledge of best relationship practices and cultural teachings for healthy families, communities, gender and sexuality differences, healthy dating relationships, and anti-bullying.