Utilizing variousTraditional (Aboriginal) Healing Methods, this program provides a traditional, wholistic approach to individual, family and community health and wellness.
Some of the services offered by our Traditional Healing Program team include, but not limited to:
One on one, confidential healing sessions with various traditional healers.
Access to various traditional ceremonies and workshops.
Increasing knowledge of natural medicines and traditional ceremonies.
Stress Management workshops utilizing traditional tools and methods.
Cross Cultural Awareness training.
CULTURAL SAFETY TRAINER
The Cultural Safety Trainer will educate community health care providers about aboriginal culture and traditional healing practices so that our clients have improved access to culturally safe care.
• Participants gain an understanding of the history and culture of Aboriginal people the impacts of past policies on their current experiences
• Current views are discussed, explored and challenged
• Participants gain insight in to working with Aboriginal peoples one-on-one
• Participants gain a greater insight into local initiatives and available
• To gain an understanding of protocols for disease management in Aboriginal Health
• Opportunities for involvement in local initiatives are explained
Recieve A Workshop
Bruce Elijah is from the Oneida Nation of the Thames (Onyota'a:ka) and is an active participant and teacher of the Longhouse ceremony and protocol. While at SOAHAC Bruce will assist individuals with detox regimes, provide certain traditional medicines, counsels, and teaches individuals the art of Traditional Stress Management. Bruce will utilize various combinations of herbs and essential oils for massage usually of the hands and feet. Upon request Bruce will also do full body work (taking knots out of tense muscles - especially on the back area). If a Traditional Feast is required for whatever reason Bruce also welcomes you to come and talk to him and if possible arrangements will be made to come and do a ceremony at your home. ...back to top
Joanne Cheechoo is Cree from Moose Factory, Ontario. She has extensive experience working with Aboriginal peoples from across Canada. At SOAHAC Joanne provides Aromatherapy Massage treatments for our clientele helping them to rid built-up toxins from their physical bodies and to alleviate stress.
Please note - Due to long waiting lists and many people not showing for appointments (due to forgetting to write down their appointment times) we cannot register your name on Joanne's day schedule unless you provide us with a current contact number where we can call you to confirm your appointment times just prior to your appointment day. If we cannot contact you we will remove your name from the day schedule for massage. Also we cannot guarantee you an appointment each and every month. Joanne provides us with a reference of names who may require some extra attention but this is usually short-term and we will do our best to accommodate the request....back to top
Richard Assinewai is from the community of Wikwemikong on Manitoulin Island. Richard conducts ceremony for individuals for various requests. While at SOAHAC, Richard has already helped numerous people to connect or reconnect to their sacred spirituality. He has conducted numerous naming and healing ceremonies in addition to teaching people about names and how to look after them. Often Richard will bring various Traditional Medicines with him to assist him with what he is asked to do in relation to the sacred tobacco he is presented. Richard can speak his Anishinaabe lanugage very fluently and most of his ceremonies are conducted in the language. He is described as a very kind man who is not harsh with his traditional teachings/knowledge. Although he rarely mentions it, we'd like to acknowledge that Richard has already been gifted with a "Jiiskaan" or Shaking Tent Ceremony, but still has to wait a bit more time before he can use this gift....back to top
Ernestine is a valued member of our visiting Traditional Healers and Elders team. She is very knowledgeable in Traditional Medicines and quite often hosts weekend workshops in her home territory in order to teach people how to heal themselves. Ernestine is quite adamant that we must begin to learn how to heal ourselves as our ancestors did and, further, we must begin to teach each other how to heal using our own Traditional Knowledge. With that Ernestine utilizes a wide variety of plants and herbs and nothing is secret. She freely shares the ingredients of her medicines and teaches you how to pick, prepare and mix combinations of herbs for your own purposes.
Ernestine is an Ojibwa woman from the Mississauga First Nation. She is a mother, grandmother and wife. In addition to sitting with our elders and learning about healing plants and herbs, Ernestine's accomplishments include an Honors Degree from Laurentian University and Child and Youth Worker Diploma from Sault College.
"Within the Circle of Life, Anishnaabeg Healing leads to empowerment." ...back to top
HOW TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT
Traditional Coordinator, S.O.A.H.A.C. - Chippewa
All appointments/bookings for our programs within the Traditional Healing Program are maintained directly by our Traditional Healing Program Facilitator (Liz Akiwenzie).
To book an appointment or should you have any questions with regards to protocol for seeing Traditional Healers or Elders you are welcome to call or email the Coordinator.
Traditional Coordinator Email Address
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