Leadership and Governance:
The Children's Fire
Indigenous and Western Archtypes
In our journey, as an organization, we are committed to forging deeper conversations and cultivating systemic change around decolonizing mental health practices, treatment, and pedagogy, which was designed to support an individualistic and Western worldview of illness. The trauma experienced, intergenerationally, from social injustice, racism, discrimination, and the cascading effects of Historical Trauma, require a culturally responsive, relevant, and community-informed and co-created mental health services and programming. Communal healing requires a shared responsibility and accountability; it takes a tribe to raise a community. This is why our founder developed our Healing Pathways Model, an approach we use to meet our community and client's healing and therapy needs.
Out of respect and relationship to one another, Healing Intergenerational Roots (HIR) Wellness Center chooses to follow the ancient and Indigenous leadership teachings called, The Children’s Fire. It’s about resilience, trust, community and democracy. The two laws of the Children’s Fire are that (1) The Children’s Fire must forever keep going, and (2) The feminine must be protected. We will always seek to protect our future by pledging that no harm will come to our children by doing what’s in their best interest and ensuring the continuation of our ways. Our focus is on intergenerational healing and we offer programming that encourages this practice to address the unique needs of Historical Trauma Informed Community-Centered Healing.
The various archetypes involved in this model include the Grandparents, Creators, the Pattern Keepers, the Tricksters, the Storytellers, the Warriors, the Healers, the Feminine, and the Council. It is with these archetypes that HIR Wellness identifies its leadership with the most crucial decisions being made by the grandparent types, our board members. HIR Wellness Center is still growing, so there are some of our archetypes that are filled by more familiar titles. As you scroll through our leadership and governance positions, you will notice the Indigenous Archetypes shared first and by clicking on the arrows, the Western Archetype will appear.
Please see the resources below to learn more!
Warriors, Pattern Keepers, Healers, and the Feminine
Grandparents, occasional Story Tellers, occasional Creators, occasional Council
Creators, Pattern Keepers, Story Tellers, and Tricksters
Resources and Inspiration
The Children’s Fire movement
Mac brings The Children’s Fire to QI GLOBAL 2010