The purpose of the Traditional Healing Program is to assist in the referral of clients to seek Traditional Healers while providing Aboriginal clientele with access to a full range of Traditional Healing practices.
The duties and responsibilities of the program include:
- Arranging and coordinating referrals for clients to Traditional Healers.
- Maintain a file of local area Elders, Healers, and Resource people to make referrals to.
- Assist clients and staff in learning the traditional methods of approaching Healers/Elders.
- Be aware and respect individual cultural and or religious beliefs.
Some activities offered by the Traditional Healing Program are:
- Spring medicine walk
- Aboriginal craft group (weekly from Oct – June)
- Presentations and consultations
- Attendance at health fairs in the local first nations
- Cultural teachings/advocacy in local schools
- In-service cultural training for organizations/facilities
- Provision of translation services
- Elder visits and ceremonies (Rainycrest)
Between the months of September and June, a craft class is held weekly at the Health Access Centre.
Dorothy Friday, our Traditional Healing Coordinator, teaches leatherwork, beading, and some regalia making. These classes are open to all and do not require registration at this time.