Culture is important at Beacon Home because where
you come from is often just as important as where you might be going
to. Our personal identities and how we see ourselves is tied to our
roots. We try to foster cultural pride in our ladies and an
understanding, not only of their own culture, but also the other
unique identities that make our world so interesting.
We honour ancestors, traditions and encourage them
in many ways. In our cooking program we ask each girl to get recipes
from family members that remind them of good times and help them to
make it and share it with others. We talk about families and
traditions and gain understanding of our differences and
similarities. We have nights devoted to different cultures and its'
For those that have specific cultural needs we find
resources, activities or groups that will help them stay in touch
with their identities. For example, for Aboriginal youth placed in
we work closely with Minwasshin Lodge, Odawa Native Friendship
Centre, and Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health in Ottawa. These centers provide
counselling, native study and native recreation. They offer
Youth Circle Groups, Inspirational speakers, traditional tongue
circles, native craft sessions and cultural activities to our girls
who are sometimes very far away from home and in need of connecting
with their native culture.
Although we honour and celebrate culture, a hard line is taken for
those that use racism and prejudice to hurt or humiliate others.
Often we will ask a child that disrespects certain aspects of
people's race or beliefs mentor with that person and do significant
research on the culture and their beliefs, history and advantages.
It may include a group discussion on what they've learned, and what
the similarities are to their own.
We believe that the world would be pretty boring if
everything in it was the same size, shape and colour, and we strive
to have a common understanding that our differences are useful and