We are proud and honoured to announce our new project, the Cedar and Gold Healing Lodge. The Healing Lodge will provide a sacred space for cultural and spiritual gatherings to support the well-being and healing journey of Residential School Survivors, Intergenerational Survivors, and the Urban Indigenous community of Montreal. 

Strengthening ourselves, uplifting our children

All Ceremonies and activities are dedicated for Residential School Survivors and their descendants. Programming is prioritized for self-identifying Native people with first-hand experience and/or impacts from intergenerational trauma of the Indian Residential School system. First Nation, Inuit and Métis people are encouraged to attend and benefit from safe spaces, healing ceremonies and cultural activities. 

Non-Indigenous allies are welcome to learn about Indigenous teachings and to celebrate the resilience of Indigenous peoples.

Spring / Summer Programming for 2016

Sweat Lodge Ceremonies

We will be sharing Sweat Lodge Ceremonies at the First Nations Botanical Gardens at Jardin Botanique in Montreal. Bring your tobacco bundles and join us for monthly Sweat with Jean Stevenson and Delbert Sampson. Space is limited, please RSVP in advance with Jessica by emailing jessica@cedarandgold.ca

Sunday May 29 - Men’s Sweat with Delbert - 9AM at the Montreal Botanical Gardens

Sunday June 26 - Mixed Sweat Lodge Ceremony – 9AM at the Montreal Botanical Gardens

Sunday July 17 -  Mixed Sweat Lodge Ceremony– 9AM at the Montreal Botanical Gardens

Sunday August 7 -  Mixed Sweat Lodge Ceremony– 9AM at the Montreal Botanical Gardens

Drum Making Workshop, Blessing and Circles

Make your very own hand-drum at our upcoming drum-making workshop. Bless it in a "Waking of the Drum Ceremony" and learn traditional songs to sing in Sweats and other ceremonies. This workshop is free for Residential School Survivors and their descendants. Space and materials are limited. RSVP now by contacting jessica@cedarandgold.ca

Wednesday May 18 – Hand-Drum Making Workshop – 6PM at the NFCM

Wednesday May 25 Hand-Drum Blessing Ceremony and Feast - 6PM at the NFCM

Wednesday July 27 - Drum Circle and Feast -  6PM at the NFCM

Wednesday Aug 31 - Drum Circle and Feast – 6PM at the NFCM

Healing Circles

Join Circle Keepers Jean and Delbert to smudge, share what is on your mind and heart, and seek guidance and healing from traditional plants (tobacco, cedar, sweetgrass, and sage) and teachings from Elders.

Friday April 29 - 2PM at the NFCM

Pipe Ceremonies

The pipe is our prayers in physical form. Smoke becomes our words; it goes out, touches everything, and becomes a part of all there is. Join our Pipe Carriers and pray together for healing and guidance. 

Wednesday July 20 - Pipe Ceremony - 2:00PM at the NFCM

Wednesday August 17 - Men’s Pipe Ceremony with Delbert at 6 PM at the NFCM

Women's Full Moon Circle

When the moon is full, women can do a ceremony to honour and seek guidance from Grandmother Moon for direction in life, for wisdom, and for help for her children and others. Grandmother Moon can give her healing and balancing energy to women. Come drum and sing with women in the community, facilitated by Jean Stevenson.

Friday May 20 - Women’s Full Moon Circle – 2:00 PM at the NFCM

Wednesday Aug 17 - Women’s Full Moon Circle - 6PM at the NFCM

Meditation Circles

Meditation and prayer take many forms. Learn meditation, stress management and relaxation techniques to strengthen your body, mind and spirit. Join us in circle to smudge, breathe and unwind. Facilitated by Jessica Barudin.

Friday May 13 - 11AM at the NFCM

Friday June 3 + 17  – 11AM at the NFCM

Friday July 8 - 11AM at the NFCM

Friday August 5 - 11AM at the NFCM

Individual Sessions

For individuals seeking guidance and support in their life, come talk to Elder-in-Residence, Delbert Sampson. Sessions will be on a drop-in basis on the following days:

Wednesday July 27 - 7:00-8:00PM at the NFCM
Wednesday August 31 - 7:00-8:00PM at the NFCM

Locations of Healing Lodge Activities

Native Friendship Centre of Montreal (NFCM)

2001 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2X 2T3


First Nations Garden in Jardin Botanique

4101 Rue Sherbrooke E, Montréal, QC H1X 2B2


The Cedar and Gold Healing Lodge is a project of the Native Friendship Centre of Montreal. We are grateful for their support and dedication to the Indigenous people living in Montreal. 

All programming is free of charge. Please RSVP for Ceremonies and workshopsin advance by communicating with Project Coordinator, Jessica Barudin via email at jessica@cedarandgold.ca or by phone 514.708.8685

All inquiries for participation, volunteer opportunities, collaborations and donations, please contact us:

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