Visioning B.E.A.R. Circle Intertribal Coalition, or VBCIC for short, provides prevention education, training, and technical assistance to all indigenous and multicultural communities in the Northeast and nationally who wish to eliminate interpersonal violence in their tribal, intertribal, or other types of communities. The acronym B.E.A.R. in our name stands for “Balance, Equality, and Respect.”
Walking in Balance with All Our Relations
Our unique and nationally recognized curriculum, Walking in Balance with All Our Relations, offers education and training for individuals and groups of all genders, races, and backgrounds.
Our survivor stories are spiritual experiences between the land and the people. Reestablishing equitable balance means we have to teach our female children who they are and empower them to take their rightful places in the community. Because the earth is female it is the women who must lead the work of restoring the environment to where it was before human interference. When women speak of trauma, we are speaking for the land who cannot speak for herself.
— Strong Oak Lefebvre,
Visioning B.E.A.R. founder and director,
from keynote address at the Women of Color Institute,
Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence
Watch Walking in Balance graduates Lillian Garcia and James Barnes help lead discussion with Visioning B.E.A.R.’s Director, Strong Oak Lefebvre.