GOOD MEDICINE GROUP
"Building Strength From Within"
The Good Medicine Group (GMG Consulting) is a network of professionals dedicated to building capacity within Aboriginal (First Nations, Inuit and Metis) communities and organizations. With a focus on health, wellness and social development, we work with our clients to create real plans and skill sets needed to address challenges faced by rural, remote and isolated Aboriginal communities. Good Medicine Group provides a wide range of services to meet the needs of each client or group. These services are organized under four key areas:
- Community Health and Wellness Capacity Building Initiatives (Traditional Parenting and Family Wellness training, Community Health Planning, FASD, Infant Development, Violence Prevention, Programs for Youth and Men, Suicide Prevention, etc.)
- Enhanced and supported positive engagement between First Nations, resource-based industry, and Provincial and Federal governments (including Social and Cultural Impacts Assessments and Socio-Economic Impacts and Opportunities Assessments)
- A broad range of established relationships with First Nations colleagues and associates across the Province, including name recognition and testimonials associated with our programs and services
- Government management background with the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, bridging the cultural divide and promoting positive engagement among First Nations, Industry and Government
- More than fifteen years of experience providing consulting services and support to the Provincial and Federal Government, including the BC Ministries of Transportation, Environment, Solicitor General, Children and Families, and the Attorney General; the insurance Corporation of BC; Health Canada; Justice Canada; and Indian and Northern Affairs
- Extensive experience in curriculum development and training, including development of Provincial and Federal programs in violence prevention and dispute resolution and "train-the-trainer" training at the Justice Institute of BC among other venues
- Mediation background and experience, including a host of mediation credentials, certifications and registration with various professional organizations including Family Mediation Canada and the BC Mediator Roster (Civil) Society
- Over 13 years experience supervising and directing a specialist team of Master's level, Registered Counsellors specializing in moderate to higher risk interventions. Referral sources include government, corporate and Aboriginal clients
- Over 14 years of experience in Social Work, including team leadership with the Ministry of Children and Family Development, notably in regions with predominantly Aboriginal representation
- An innovative and highly successful approach to First Nations health and wellness training that is based on in-community skill transfer, capacity building, cultural relevance and community ownership
- Assisting in identifying and making application for funding opportunities in support of First Nations health and wellness initiatives (in excess of 4.2 million dollars raised for Aboriginal communities and agencies since 2003)
- Clinical psychologists specializing in parenting, trauma, child and youth development and health-related research and study
- Masters-levelled program developers of provincial and federal curriculum currently in use with First Nations, corrections and military
- Specialists in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
- Child and youth therapists and community counsellors
- Grief and loss support and training specialists; skilled in training and support in the areas of terminal illness (e.g. cancer) and working with family and professionals to develop circles of support - includes supportive recovery training
- Specialists in anger management, domestic and lateral violence and violence prevention for youth and adults
- Addictions counselling training and therapy based on evidence-based best practices
Pure Body (Diabetes)
Diet and Nutrition
Pure Voice (Interpersonal Skills)
Effective Aboriginal Parenting
Preventing Diseases and Illness
FASD-Strategic Community Action
Pure Mind (Addictions)
Emotional Strength (anger, stress,
grief and loss)
Youth Anger Management
Healthy Thinking (Cognitive Skills)
Traditional Values and Lifestyle
General organizational consulting and support, including strategic planning, team building, project planning, project management, and organizational training and support services
Financial capacity building, including proposal writing and fundraising support
All of our work is integrated towards the most important objective of supporting First Nations to define, plan for, and achieve their own vision for a healthy and thriving community.
About the Good Medicine Group
The Good Medicine Group partnership has over 35 years of collective experience engaging and supporting positive transformation within Aboriginal communities and agencies across the province. We have worked to establish strong and collaborative relationships with more than 20 First Nations communities and agencies across British Columbia, with a consistent emphasis on "bridging the gaps" between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultures.
Good Medicine provides a meaningful bridge between the multitude of research-based resources available around the world, and locally relevant and culturally significant practices and knowledge.
Good Medicine keeps strengths and resources right in the communities where they belong, by preparing local facilitators to provide motivation and support in all levels of health while reflecting issues and strategies specific to any community.
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We actively support positive engagement among First Nations, Government and Industry. This work has encompassed funding procurement, socio-cultural impact assessment, violence prevention, mediation and conflict resolution, and the development and delivery of culturally relevant health and wellness capacity building programs.
Our goal in all our work is to develop a long-term supportive relationship with our clients. This relationship is based on understanding the unique culture and values of each community, advocating self-determination, building capacity and providing programs and services in which the community can take ownership and attain the goals and objectives they seek.
An excellent illustration of this is our long-standing relationship with the Tahltan First Nation, with whom we have worked for more than six years, starting in early 2002. Our work with the Tahltan Nation began with an evaluation of the Iskut Valley Health Services program delivery, and we have worked to build incrementally on that relationship through the provision of support services, including fundraising; skill development and capacity building; internal mediation and conflict resolution; social and cultural impact assessment; technical advice and negotiations support; and an exploration of the social impacts of the Barrick Gold mine on the Tahltan members. Our relationship continues to this day as we play a key role in the engagement process between the Tahltan Nation, Government and Industry.
This type of long-term engagement and relationship building is indicative of our approach and ability to establish trust that we have brought to all of our work with Aboriginal communities and agencies. We value this trust and are committed to using this insight in support of others wishing to engage constructively, and over the long term with the diverse First Nations communities across Canada.
Who We Are
The programs and services we offer are only a small representation of our broader knowledge, experience, expertise and service delivery. The Good Medicine Group team is a collective of skilled and experienced Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal professionals from across the Province, with expertise in Aboriginal relations, communications, facilitation, health and wellness initiatives, and strategic planning.
Our Team brings:
Our associates include:
The structure of Good Medicine is to deliver a series of workshops, based on a combination of those health and wellness concerns commonly experienced by many Aboriginal communities. The extensive Good Medicine resource library allows the series to be expanded to include topics specifically identified by the client community.The Good Medicine sessions are structured to address each quadrant of wellness:
Following is a list of the current Introductory Health and Wellness sessions.
We are continually adding new programs, and adapting existing modules to meet the needs of our clients.
Good Medicine Health and Wellness is an ideal tool for developing capacity among community members and professionals to create their own wellness plans, to develop community action plans, and to learn more about the complex issues associated with health.
Thanks for your interest in the Good Medicine Health and Wellness Programs. It's a lifelong journey that we are committed to, and our assurance to you is that we will continue to develop programs based on successes, feedback and the needs of the people we work with.
For further information, please call our Community Relations Liaison, Marc Storms at (250) 598-3250 or e-mail
The Good Medicine Group is committed to "building strength from within"- we work directly with communities and organizations to identify the best resources, provide top-level training, and integrate local knowledge and skills required to promote the health and well being of each individual, family and community. Our most important goal is to ensure that the skills, resources and action plans remain among the people, under their own control and cultural guidance.