How We Can Help - Touchstones of Hope Sessions

The Caring Society offers various in-person Touchstones of Hope sessions intended for communities or organizations who wish to begin or strengthen a reconciliation movement in child welfare. This is also a great opportunity for organizations working with First nations children, youth and families who wish to learn or expand knowledge about First Nations peoples in Canada as well as to create best practices in working with First Nations children, youth, and families.  

The hosting community or organization is responsible for covering all costs of a session including facilitator fee and costs for travel. The Caring Society would gladly discuss the possibility of coming to your community or organization to participate in a Touchstones of Hope session. All inquiries can be directed to Marc St. Dennis at 613-230-5885 ext. 223 or

Based on the five Touchstones of Hope principles and the values of the reconciliation process, the sessions include:

Information Session:

A Touchstones of Hope information session is typically the length of a keynote presentation (1 to 2 hours). It involves a brief presentation on the Touchstones of Hope and questions from the audience. The goal is to educate about the movement and provide ways in which communities can get started in the process.

Engagement Session:

An engagement session is usually a day in length and is ideal for organizations that may not necessarily want to engage in a full reconciliation movement in child welfare but who may want to be an ally or have more in-depth learning about the movement. Engagement sessions can be tailored to address the goal(s) of an organization, and if applicable, adapt the five Touchstones of Hope principles to the organization’s unique context.

Train the Trainer Session:

A two day train the trainer session is ideal for organizations and communities that want to undertake a Touchstones of Hope movement in their communities but need to have individuals trained in the Touchstones of Hope principles and process.

Community Session:

A Community session is typically two days in length and is intended for leaders to come together to share their dreams for Indigenous children. These individuals, youth and adults, hold natural or elected leadership roles at any level, whether it is in the community or at an organization. Essentially, the invited participants should be those who are able to bring forth change in their communities or who are already engaged in doing so. The overall goal is to leave the session with next steps toward realizing their visions for children, youth, and families in their communities. Upon request, the Caring Society will provide assistance for these sessions in relation to the needs of the community (e.g., facilitation, presentations, etc.).