interested in attending new story?
If you're looking for a life-changing opportunity, then apply to New Story. Our non-profit organization helps indigenous women become self-sufficient within the support of a strong Christian community. You will participate in a program of healing, of Bible and academic study, of skills development, and of setting and accomplishment of personal goals. Our application process is simple and straightforward, and we encourage anyone interested in taking part to apply.
An overview of our program
New Story provides a safe and nurturing space for a small community of Indigenous women to begin or to continue their healing journey. Each woman will explore the truth of her identity both as an Indigenous woman and as a follower of Jesus. Each will be given opportunity to learn and to grow spiritually, educationally, socially, and vocationally. Each will have opportunity to learn many life & employment skills as well as to set and accomplish personal goals – and all this in a beautiful location surrounded by a supportive community.
why indigenous women
Before colonization, Indigenous women across North America were the wisdom keepers and key leaders in their communities. Today, Indigenous women are among the most vulnerable people in North America*. Many Indigenous women face a variety of barriers to the dreams they have for themselves. New Story Community is about removing some of those barriers. It’s about creating a safe, inspiring, and practical place for each woman to imagine a good future for herself, a New Story, and to have the resources and freedom to pursue that future.
Barnabas was established in 1986 and has been a thriving retreat centre ever since. There are a number of working parts to the ministry: gourmet food services, generous hospitality in a retreat setting, a working farm (both animal and vegetable), immaculate gardens, and much more. The women work and be trained and mentored in a variety of areas and will explore her creative and practical giftings and talents and will come away with several highly employable skills.
Read below the impactful stories from our brave women and indigenous supporters.
2021 - 2022 Graduate
"Before I came here, I was in a horrible place, I was an addict. I was living on the streets just trying to survive. I did so many things I promised myself I would never do in my lifetime. That’s exactly what drugs do to your life it makes you do things that you’d never do in your right mind. If I could go back to the day I first used and just not use I would, but I can’t change my past I can only change right here and right now. Since coming to New Story I have learnt so many new things, I learnt about God again, I learnt to love myself, and I learnt how to trust people. When I came here, I was nervous because the way people treated me on the streets it was cruel. I thought because they knew about my history, they would treat me the same. But they didn’t they welcomed me with open arms, and they didn’t treat me any different than any other worker.
I honestly think if I was anywhere else, I would have ended up using again, but here changed my life. Because of this place I am sober today."