Aunties Within Reach, a new program in northeastern Alberta, aims to help Indigenous families access culturally appropriate health care and family support. The Ihkapaskwa Indigenous Wellness Collective and University of Alberta created the Wood Buffalo program, which is run by three birth workers—Sheena Bradley, Shelby Weiss, and Maddie Amyotte. "We're really there to support the family in anything that they're going through," said Bradley. Colonization and residential schools means many people don't have firsthand experience of raising families, and the aunties can help. The long-term goal is to have aunties in each community and include uncles in the program.

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