Cultural Wellness

Learn Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe Language) Online Sessions

Tue, September 22, 2020 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Weekly on Tuesday, forever

These online sessions provide a safe and encouraging space for Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals to explore the Ojibwe language at a beginner level. Language Instructor, Mitch Akerman, will guide participants through various Ojibwe language lessons including how to introduce yourself, learning the alphabet and pronunciation, nouns, basic sentence structure, and asking and answering simple questions. This program is ideal for aspiring or novice language learners of any age.

Conversational Ojibwe Language Group

Wed, September 23, 2020 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
September 23, 2020; October 7, 2020; October 21, 2020; November 4, 2020; November 18, 2020; December 2, 2020; December 16, 2020; December 30, 2020

This bi-weekly group is for anyone who is well-versed in the Ojibwe language fundamentals and wants to take the next step in their learning journey. The group will focus on conversations and sentence structure in the Ojibwe language. *Participants should have a solid foundation of the Ojibwe language before attending this group.

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287 Bayshore Drive
Midland ON

Online After Baby Group

Thu, September 24, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Weekly on Thursday for 8 occurrences

This 8-week online group is for new moms who are experiencing mood changes after having a baby. It is led by Chigamik’s Indigenous Perinatal Mental Health Worker and provides a safe space to meet other parents who are also experiencing mood changes, such as anxiety or depression. This program follows Indigenous teachings related to creating a circle of support. The group will discuss coping and self-care strategies including:

  • Education surrounding the various mood disorders, exploring the signs and symptoms
  • Understanding imbalances through the use of the medicine wheel and support in developing a wellness framework
  • Development of a wellness model to further support your relationships and assist in coping through difficult emotions
  • Development of coping strategies and self-care strategies and understanding of the importance of self-care

Chigamik Online Zoom Sessions

Our Babies, Our Grief: Virtual Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group

Thu, September 24, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Weekly on Thursday for 6 occurrences

This 6-week online support group invites families who have lost a baby through miscarriage, termination, stillbirth, as an infant, or struggling with repeated losses associated with infertility, to connect and share their grief journeys. Families will explore grief, and learn about healthy grieving practices. The group facilitators hope to establish a caring and open environment for families to share and express their own unique encounters with grief. The group can also offer the opportunity for continued memorialization and reflection of grief, and provide a safe space where families can continue to honour the memory of their child or experiences, and come together in unity with other grieving families.

Chigamik Online Zoom Sessions

Virtual Traditional Healing: Troy Greene

Mon, September 28, 2020 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
March 18, 2019; March 19, 2019; March 20, 2019; March 21, 2019; March 22, 2019; April 22, 2019; April 23, 2019; April 24, 2019; April 25, 2019; April 29, 2019; April 30, 2019; May 1, 2019; May 2, 2019; May 3, 2019; May 21, 2019; May 22, 2019; May 23, 2019; May 24, 2019; May 30, 2019; May 31, 2019; June 24, 2019; June 25, 2019; June 26, 2019; June 27, 2019; May 21, 2020; May 22, 2020; June 8, 2020; June 9, 2020; June 10, 2020; June 11, 2020; July 5, 2020; July 6, 2020; July 7, 2020; July 8, 2020; August 18, 2020; August 19, 2020; September 28, 2020; September 29, 2020; September 30, 2020; October 1, 2020; October 19, 2020; October 20, 2020; October 22, 2020

Honoured Traditional Healers use traditional Aboriginal approaches to bring about wellness for individuals and/or groups with mental, physical, spiritual and emotional holistic healing needs. 

To learn more about Troy Green, click here.

Cost: All virtual Traditional Healing appointments are provided at no cost and conducted using the virtual video conferencing platform called ‘Zoom.’

Eligibility: To access this service, you must reside in the North Simcoe Muskoka region and be 12 years of age or older. You must also have access to the Internet through a computer, tablet or mobile phone.

How to Access: Please complete the registration form below. You will receive a phone call within two business days from our Reception Team to schedule your Traditional Healing session. Our Reception Team will review with you which Healers are available for your upcoming appointment. Prior to your appointment, you will be emailed consent forms to complete electronically. These forms must be completed prior to your appointment.

For more information please contact Brian George, Indigenous Cultural Program Coordinator at: 705.527.4154 x204.

CHIGAMIK Online Zoom Sessions

Traditional Healing: Terry Swan

Tue, September 29, 2020 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
September 30, 2020; October 1, 2020; October 2, 2020; October 26, 2020; October 27, 2020; October 28, 2020; October 29, 2020

Honoured Traditional Healers use traditional Indigenous approaches to bring about wellness for individuals and/or groups with mental, physical, spiritual and emotional holistic healing needs. 

About Terry Swan
Terry Swan, named Star Keeper Woman of the Fish Clan is Cree/Saulteaux and a member of Cold Lake First Nation in Alberta. A visionary leader, she brings decades of experience in violence prevention and promoting community healing initiatives. Having travelled extensively, she has had the privilege of being taught by Indigenous Elders from across North America, Peru and Hawaii. Terry is a Pipe Carrier, hands-on healer, and offers distant energy healing sessions. She has built her bundle of spiritual tools, by participating in ceremonies, facilitating healing circles and one-on-one counselling services.

Terry is compassionate, caring and believes deeply in each person’s capacity to heal themselves. Working intuitively, she provides a safe and supportive environment for clients to access their inner sense of knowing and helps to clear energetic blocks to support wholistic healing of the individual.

Book an Appointment
To schedule an appointment at no cost, please contact Chigamik reception at 705-527-4154 or visit www.chigamik.ca/your-health/traditional-healing.

*Note: It is customary to give a gift of tobacco to the Healers at each visit. To learn more please contact Brian George, Indigenous Cultural Program Coordinator at 705.527.4154 x7204.

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287 Bayshore Drive
Midland ON

Traditional Healing: Jake Ago Neh

Mon, October 5, 2020 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
November 16, 2020; November 17, 2020; November 18, 2020; November 30, 2020; December 1, 2020; December 2, 2020; December 3, 2020; December 14, 2020; December 15, 2020; December 16, 2020; December 17, 2020; June 23, 2020; June 24, 2020; June 25, 2020; July 27, 2020; July 28, 2020; July 29, 2020; July 30, 2020; August 10, 2020; August 11, 2020; August 12, 2020; August 13, 2020; September 8, 2020; September 9, 2020; September 10, 2020; September 11, 2020; October 5, 2020; October 6, 2020; October 7, 2020; October 8, 2020

Honoured Traditional Healers use traditional Indigenous approaches to bring about wellness for individuals and/or groups with mental, physical, spiritual and emotional holistic healing needs. 

About Jake Ago Neh
Jake is Aniishnaabe from SheguiandahFirst Nation. Under the direction of Adam Lussier, Jake began doing his healing work. Jake conducts a variety of ceremonies on a regular basis including one-on-one consultations, Sweat Lodges, Talking Circles, administering herbal medicines, spiritual guidance and Naming Ceremonies. All people, wherever they reside, can utilize Jake’s services to find good health and direction in their lives.

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845 rue King
local10, Midland
Ontario L4R 0B7 Canada

Learn to Bead: Earrings Online Tutorial

Mon, October 19, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join our online beading circle and learn how to bead earrings inspired by Indigenous beading practices and design. Attend the online tutorial and follow along as our facilitators teach you how to get started. After the online session, you will have access to a “how-to” video to guide you through your project until it is complete! *Once registered, participants will be mailed a beading kit at no cost.

Chigamik Online Zoom Sessions

Stillness from Within Online Workshop with Troy Greene

Wed, October 21, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join Healer Troy Greene, as he guides you through a meditation experience. He will share insights with participants on the practice of meditation and how to create stillness, helping us transform our day-to-day life into a more fulfilling existence. The teaching will promote relaxation, reduce stress, and provide inner guidance.

Chigamik Online Zoom Sessions

Women’s Healing Circle

Wed, October 28, 2020 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

You are invited to participate in a Women’s Healing Circle with Traditional Healer, Terry Swan. The Circle blends Indigenous ceremony, song and teachings. Come and join us, as we gain knowledge, nurture our spirits and restore balance and harmony, during these unprecedented times.

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287 Bayshore Drive
Midland ON

Tipi Teachings with Pauline Shirt

Thu, November 5, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

In this online workshop, Grandmother Pauline Shirt will teach the significance of each aspect of the tipi. The workshop will begin with a prayer and song, include a craft session on how to make a tipi and end with a sharing circle. *Once registered, participants will be mailed a tipi craft kit at no cost.

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Traditional Soap-Making Online Workshop with Pamela Tremblay-Hayes

Tue, November 10, 2020 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Many people are turning away from purchasing commercially made health and beauty products and creating their own at home. Join Pamela Tremblay-Hayes in a one-hour workshop on how to make Traditional soap – just like our ancestors did. Participants will learn about the benefits of making this universal traditional homemade craft and an easy step-by-step recipe will be shared.

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Life Teachings with Jake Agoneh

Tue, December 1, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join Healer, Jake Agoneh, as he discusses the anxiety, fear and stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Circle will include life teachings about the four Directions and our relationship to Spirit and to the Earth through Ceremony.

CSC CHIGAMIK CHC
287 Bayshore Drive
Midland ON

Solstice Teachings with Pauline Shirt

Thu, December 10, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join Elder and honoured Traditional Healer, Pauline Shirt, in a Solstice Teachings workshop. The session will begin with an opening prayer and song, followed by Solstice Teachings. A craft session and Teaching of a Medicine Bag will be included in the workshop. *Once registered, participants will be mailed a medicine bag craft kit at no cost.

Chigamik Online Zoom Sessions

Learn to Bead: A Broach Online Tutorial

Mon, December 14, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join our online beading circle and learn how to bead a broach inspired by Indigenous beading practices and design. Attend the online tutorial and follow along as our facilitators teach you how to get started. After the online session, you will have access to a “how-to” video to guide you through your project until it is complete! *Once registered, participants will be mailed a beading kit at no cost.

Chigamik Online Zoom Sessions