The family is at the heart of Native American cultures.
There is no work more important than fatherhood and motherhood.
NAFFA defines the purpose of life as "to have a happy and safe family." NAFFA's approach is based on a culturally rich model that inspires and motivates fathers and mothers to devote their best efforts in teaching and raising children to develop their potential, and the attributes needed for success in life.
It is important to understand that real change must come from within. Outside pressure rarely changes a person. There are two important and necessary elements in strengthening the desire for positive change:
- Truly love the people whom you serve.
- Love what you bring to the people you serve.
Our programs inspire and ignite self-motivation through natural techniques. Our method is to uplift, encourage, assist, and teach. Filling life with hope, gratitude, and understanding has a powerful effect in changing attitudes and behavior.
NAFFA believes that fathers, in partnership with mothers, must take the lead in making the necessary adjustments to head in a new direction with correct information based on true and proven principles. We must be a forward thinking, forward looking, and forward moving people. We cannot live in or dwell on the past, however, the past can help us progress to a brighter future.
Parents must encourage their children to learn about their forefathers and heritage. When we learn about our ancestors, what they stood for, what they valued and what was important to them, we realize that we have much in common. When we truly understand the past, we must improve upon the present. We are simply bringing back an old message for a happy life that emphasizes the true need for families, and the critical importance of loving and devoted parents.
NAFFA takes the position:
- Fathers are the solution to addressing family and social problems in communities.
- Fathers are the greatest untapped resource.
- Fathers must take the lead in keeping families together.
NAFFA is currently working with over 150 Tribes and First Nations across North America to change lives and communities. Since 2002, approximately 12,000 Native fathers and mothers have participated in our programs.
We invite all individuals to join us in our quest to bring prosperity and stability to the institution of family through responsible fatherhood and motherhood.