Aseniwuche Winewak Nation

About the Tawow Centre
Tawow ᑕᐋᐧᐤ Come in, You’re Welcome

Aseniwuche Winewak Nation opened the Tawow Centre to be one-stop-resource-shop for the Grande Cache community.  Named after the Cree word for “welcome”, the Tawow Centre is a safe space for people to access programming and resources for families, parents, caregivers and individuals seeking support with employment, mental health and addictions.

Unfortunately, due to government cuts, the Tawow Centre lost its funding to continue operating the Parent Link Centre (PLC) and Early Intervention programs. This was a devastating loss to the Grande Cache community as many families regularly participated in the PLC’s weekly activities and events.

Currently, three AWN programs run out of the Tawow Centre: the Parent Child Assistance Program, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Program and the Trauma-Informed Care Program.

Trauma-Informed Care Program (TIC)

“Many of the people we interact with every day have been affected by overwhelming stress or traumatic experiences. Traumatic experiences change a person and can create turmoil within a person and in their life. This is especially true if events and/or conditions happen in childhood. The consequences of trauma are far reaching and can be directly or indirectly linked to mental illness, addictions, chronic disease, suicide, and overall, a failure to thrive.”
-Alberta Health Services

In 2020, AWN’s Opioid Prevention Program was renamed the Trauma-Informed Care Program to better capture the services we offer.

  • How to access resources and supports for mental health, substance abuse and addictions
  • Workshops and support groups
  • Harm reduction and goal setting
  • Referrals to detox, rehab, and recovery services
  • Assistance completing income support and AISH applications
  • Assistance accessing the Grande Cache and Area Food Bank
  • Assistance accessing transportation to and from TIC-approved medical appointments

Naloxone Training

TIC provides Naloxone training and free Naloxone kits. Virtual training sessions are available. Contact TIC if you would like to book a Naloxone training for yourself or your team.

If you require a Naloxone kit, please contact the TIC Program Coordinator or Outreach Worker. We also replace expired Naloxone kits.

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Grande Cache FCSS

Grande Cache Community Learning & Employment Resource Centre

AHS Mental Health & Addictions

Hinton Employment & Learning Place

Families for Addiction Recovery

Canadian Mental Health Association

Virtual Opioid Dependency Program

HIV West Yellowhead Society

Parent Child Assistance Program (PCAP)

AWN’s Parent Child Assistance Program (PCAP) is based on the Alberta PCAP model. The program’s goal is to help mothers build healthy independent family lives. We want all children to thrive in safe and stable homes.

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The PCAP Program Offers Support in the Following Areas:

  • Educating mothers to prevent alcohol and drug-exposed births
  • Having a healthy pregnancy
  • Food and nutrition education
  • Resources for parents of children with disabilities

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Program (FASD)

“Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a diagnosis to describe impacts on the brain and body of individuals prenatally exposed to alcohol during pregnancy. FASD is a lifelong disability. Canadian researchers estimate that 4% of Canadians have FASD. As approximately 60% of pregnancies are unplanned, the risk of prenatal exposure to alcohol is significant.

Individuals with FASD may experience some degree of challenges in their daily living and need support with motor skills, physical health, learning, memory, attention, emotional regulation and social skills to reach their full potential.

Each individual with FASD is unique and has areas of both strengths and challenges. Although people with FASD experience complex challenges, they also possess resilience, strength and abilities, and offer valuable contributions to society.

It is important to know there is no safe time or safe amount of alcohol to drink when pregnant or planning to become pregnant. FASD can affect all ages, genders across cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.”

-Government of Alberta

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AWN’s FASD Program offers one-on-one client-centered support, coaching and individual mentoring, advocacy, family support, and educational resources.Our goal is to help affected clients have positive experiences whether at home, school, or work.

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