Introducing Miskanawah

Since 1988, we have led the effort to support vulnerable children and youth in a holistic way throughout Calgary and the surrounding area. We are a leader in the social services field working from a harm-reduction and strength-based perspective, with a focus on Indigenous traditions.

Beginning in fall of 2017, our team realized that although the Pathways vision still remains true to who we are, our impact and population served has shifted...and with it, so too must our endeavors. This is why, over the last year and a half, we’ve chosen to undergo a company-wide re-brand. Rather than embrace change, we’re choosing to lead it.

A name given to us by our Elders in ceremony, Miskanawah is Cree for “pathways, path and/or many little roads.” Our shift from Pathways to Miskanawah is more than just a name change, it’s an opportunity to reconnect with who we are and what we want to accomplish.

Pathways will always be a part of who we are; a part of our story and our journey. But Indigenous ways of knowing often remind us that change is natural; that there are stages of growth in life that we must embrace…and this is one of them.

We’re so excited to embark on this journey with all of you and can't wait to see where this takes us!

Our Vision: 

Children, youth and families thrive within a culturally responsive community.


Our Mission:

Guided by Indigenous teachings, Miskanawah provides supportive services to people in the Calgary area as they strengthen their circles of self, family, community, and culture.


Our Values


Our Approach

Tapisahotiwin is the act of connecting and speaks to the way Miskanawah workers draw clients into supportive and helpful relationships.  With our support our clients learn to engage in Tapisahotiwin with us and with significant people in their lives.

Our own relationships and connections with those we serve are the foundation for the services we provide.  Respect and recognition of culture is embedded in our work with individuals and families, and within our community.  

We are especially committed to meeting the needs of Indigenous children, youth and families.  As an agency, the outcomes we seek for our clients are as follows:

  • Children and youth have strengthened resiliency and capacity for success, including preparedness for entering adulthood;

  • Children, youth and families are healthier and more connected to their communities;

  • Children, youth and families experience healthy and resilient relationships;

  • Cultural integrity and identity is strengthened.