We are excited to offer this upcoming Winter Wellness Gathering for Indigenous Women, presented by the Healing Lodge Program.
Meet our facilitators and learn about what each woman will share on December 8th, 2017:
Linda Karonhienhawe Delormier
For the better part of the past 20 years, Linda has worked for her community. She has a wealth of experience, specifically in project leadership, planning and management, as well as coordination. Her work is multifaceted, and includes working with local youth, teaching Kanien’keha (Mohawk Language) at the elementary level, and teaching various courses and workshops on topics such as food preparation and preservation as a means toward food security and foodsovereignty, survival skills and medicine preparation and preservation, energetic healing. She sits on the board of local organizations, such as the Kanien’keha:ka Onkwawen:na Raotiohkwa (cultural center), and is involved in the Collective Impact initiative. She was hired as CCP Coordinator in July 2017, and is currently working on the pre-planning stage of her community’s CCP process.
Morning Workshop - 9:30am - 11:30am
Linda will facilitate a circle to discuss our philosophies of wellness, asking us "What does wellness mean to you?" and share her journey of healing. Linda will offer Kanien'keha:ka Turtleback teachings from the Rites of Passage Ceremony for women. She will also introduce a variety of approaches to self-care, including medicinal plants, nutrition, herbal oils, energy healing and prayer.
Anik Sioui is a Huron-Wendat psychologist who is part of the Anishnabe Abitibiwinni Band of Pikogan. She currently works at the Health Centre of Odanak and has a private practice in Montreal. For over 20 years she has been an integral member of the Indigenous community of Montreal as a professional worker as well as a volunteer who is socially engaged. She has vast experience working in Indigenous communities, with specialization in areas of intergenerational trauma, conjugal and familial violence and sexual abuse. For many years she’s worked with Residential School Survivors and their families, as well as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She is also founding member of Odaya, an all women Indigenous drum group based in Montreal.
Afternoon Workshop - 12:30pm -2:30pm
Anik will facilitate an interactive component to guide participants to 'let go' of something that troubles or stresses us and consequently 'fill up' with something to nurture ourselves. Through conversation, hands-on creative exercises and song learning, Anik will share insights into healing and self-care that will be accessible to all women.
Jessica is Kwakwaka'wakw from the 'Namgis First Nation in Alert Bay, BC. She is a proud mother, Indigenous health advocate, and yoga teacher based in Montreal, QC. She has a Masters in Applied Science in Physical Therapy from the University of McGill and an Undergraduate Degree in Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia. Co-founder of Cedar and Gold, Jessica has proudly initiated the Healing Lodge Program in partnership with the Native Friendship Centre of Montreal to support Survivors of the Indian Residential School System and their family members. As an intergenerational survivor of the Residential School System, Jessica has experienced balance and cultural connection for her own healing through Ceremonies, yoga and meditation. Through alignment, breath and traditional wisdom from her Kwakwaka'wakw roots - she weaves the natural and supernatural realms into her teaching style to create a sacred space for individuals to connect to themselves and their surroundings.
Morning + Afternoon Meditation
Jessica will guide an opening meditation, in collaboration with Linda, to honour and acknowledge the traditional Haudenosaunee territory we will gather on. With participants, we will create a safe space with a smudge circle and guided breathing exercise to centre ourselves and prepare for the day. In the afternoon, Jessica will guide an afternoon cleansing meditation exercise to tie together the themes of the day to assist participants in integrating the day and preparing for closing of the day.