We’ve received funding for a brand-new initiative for families! 

Ranch Ehrlo Society received a grant from the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada to help families in our Family Treatment Program (FTP) and our Family Centred Addictions Program (FCAP). 

The grant is called Back to the Land. The Ranch has been approved to receive $15,000 to be used for Indigenous land-based therapeutic activities for our participants such as elder teachings and sweat lodge ceremonies. 

The funds allocated from this grant will be used for honorariums and fees associated with the ceremonies and teachings. 

Malcolm Neill, vice-president of strategy and organizational effectiveness, said, “Indigenous families and children will have an improved sense of cultural identity, sense of belonging, sense of purpose, sense of community, and sense of cultural connections that involve a deeper understanding of traditional ways of healing.” 

Families will learn skills to build networks of support they can use when they return to their home communities. 

Patti Petrucka, director of the Family Treatment Program, said, “This grant will enrich the lives of our families who need support. Connection to culture is invaluable for healing.” 

The Family Treatment Program is a unique Ranch Ehrlo program that supports families who need help to either prevent out-of-home placement of their children or to provide support for those families reuniting after having children in care. 

The Family Centred Addiction Program, based out of Moose Jaw, is an innovative addictions treatment program that supports not only the individual struggling with substance misuse but also their immediate family.