Str8 UP

STR8UP helps members, youth, and adults within the criminal justice system become healthy responsible citizens. We support through a range of services, from addictions support and healing circles to mentorship and justice advocacy.

Course Duration 75 Minutes
Course Delivery Instructor-Led, In Person
Course Provider Conference 2024
Course Type Instructor-Led, In Person

STR8 UP has been doing community presentations across Saskatchewan and the prairies since 2002. We have delivered over 3000 presentations to students, teachers, professionals, and a variety of community groups.

Our presentations are catered to the audience, but generally include:

  • Goals & Conditions of becoming a STR8 UP Member
  • The role of the Medicine Wheel in the healing journey
  • An opportunity for members to share their personal experiences and the impact of family dysfunction, poverty, addictions, and intergenerational trauma.


In 2002 two young men in Saskatoon asked a humble priest who was working with at-risk youth and active members in prison and on the street, “how do we leave the gang life?” Father Andre Poilievre’s response was honest and straightforward, “I don’t know, but we will figure it out together”. It was the beginning of something much larger than the three of them ever imagined. Eventually many others would follow in their footsteps. 


Members of STR8 UP speak honestly and openly about their life experiences and the cyclical effects of intergenerational trauma. Speaking the truth of their experiences and sharing them with others supports the healing process that they are undergoing.

Course Details

Course Type: Instructor-Led, In Person
Duration: 75 Minutes
P.R.I.D.E. Levels of Pay:
Recertification Required:
Provided by: Conference 2024
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Upcoming Events: Str8 UP

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