Online Programs

Learn Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe Language) Online Sessions

Tue, September 21, 2021 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Weekly on Tuesday, forever
(March 9, 2021)

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.

MotherCare & Next Step – Online

Wed, September 22, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Weekly on Wednesday, forever

This weekly support program for low income, pregnant women, mothers and their children (up to 36 months), provides nutritional, health, breastfeeding and parenting support. Free prenatal vitamins, groceries gift cards and community resources are also provided.

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Choose to Move Online Sessions

Wed, September 22, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Weekly on Wednesday, forever
(July 26, 2021; July 27, 2021; July 28, 2021; July 29, 2021; July 30, 2021; August 23, 2021; August 24, 2021; August 25, 2021; August 26, 2021; August 27, 2021)

Important: There will be no class running on Wednesday July 28th and August 26th.

Join Physiotherapist, Renée Scruton every Wednesday for her popular Choose to Move classes! She’ll take you through a gentle exercise program designed to work on overall strengthening while focusing on improving your core, posture and balance. These sessions are ideal for older adults who are interested in staying physically active during the pandemic from the comfort of their home!

Workshop Series: Understanding Mental Health & Wellbeing in Later-Life (65+)

Thu, September 23, 2021 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Weekly on Thursday for 6 occurrences

In partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association, this 6-week online series is designed for older adults (65+) and provides tools and resources on how to improve mental health, spot the signs and symptoms of mental illness and addictions, and where to go for help in the community. Topics include bipolar disorder, psychosis, delirium, cannabis and alcohol, gambling and tips to achieve positive mental health.

*This workshop is offered in French only

Chigamik Online Zoom Sessions

NIA

Thu, September 23, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Weekly on Thursday for 6 occurrences
(October 14, 2021; October 21, 2021)

Are you looking for an exercise routine that will not only keep you in great shape, but will also help you rediscover the joy of movement? If the term “joyful workout” sounds like fun, it might be time to give NIA a try! The NIA exercise technique is a mind and body physical conditioning program that stands for “non-impact aerobics.” Through the essence of dance, martial and healing arts participants will learn the basic movements of Nia. This class is taught in French by Céleste Lalonde, licensed instructor in the Nia Technique. Beginners are welcome! *Please dress comfortably.

Important: This workshop will be held in FRENCH. 

Chigamik Online Zoom Sessions

Parkinson’s Dance Group

Fri, September 24, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Weekly on Friday, forever

Join this fun and stimulating online dance therapy program for individuals with Parkinson’s and their care partners. This program is designed to help improve balance, coordination and ease of motion.

Chigamik Online Zoom Sessions

Mindful Mondays Online Sessions

Mon, September 27, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Weekly on Monday, forever
(August 2, 2021; August 9, 2021; August 16, 2021; August 23, 2021; August 30, 2021)

Join Psychotherapist Julien Laramée for this online Mindfulness class that fosters an accepting, nonjudgmental environment to practice mindful exercises and explore different topics each week. Participants will develop a greater awareness of their breath, senses, lifestyle, relationship patterns, power of choice, and how to mindfully manage stress. No previous mindfulness experience is necessary!

*This program is currently being offered in English only.

Grouille ou Rouille

Mon, September 27, 2021 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Weekly on Monday, forever
(July 26, 2021; July 27, 2021; July 28, 2021; July 29, 2021; July 30, 2021; August 23, 2021; August 24, 2021; August 25, 2021; August 26, 2021; August 27, 2021)

Important: There will be no classes on Monday July 26th and August 23rd.

Join us for our weekly online exercise program in French that focuses on overall strength training, while improving your core, posture, balance and having fun!

*This program is offered in French.

Chigamik Online Zoom Sessions

Online Conversational Ojibwe Language Group

Mon, September 27, 2021 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Weekly on Monday, forever

This weekly online 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.

Chigamik Online Zoom Sessions

Virtual Traditional Healing: Troy Greene

Tue, September 28, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
July 6, 2021; July 7, 2021; July 8, 2021; August 9, 2021; August 10, 2021; August 11, 2021; September 28, 2021; September 29, 2021; September 30, 2021; November 2, 2021; November 3, 2021; November 4, 2021; December 7, 2021; December 8, 2021; December 9, 2021

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 Greene, 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 x7204.

CHIGAMIK Online Zoom Sessions

Living in the Present Moment (In French)

Tue, September 28, 2021 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Weekly on Tuesday, forever
(August 3, 2021; August 10, 2021; August 17, 2021; August 24, 2021; August 31, 2021)

Join Psychotherapist, Julien Laramée, for this online Mindfulness workshop that fosters an accepting, nonjudgmental environment to practice mindful exercises. Participants will learn how to mindfully manage stress and develop a greater control over their lives. No previous mindfulness experience is necessary!

*This workshop is offered in French only

Chigamik Online Zoom Sessions

Mama Tribe Online Sessions

Tue, September 28, 2021 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Weekly on Tuesday, forever
(August 17, 2021)

Calling all mamas! Join Registered Nurse, Katelyn Bouffard, in this online peer support group for expecting or new mamas. The group provides an open discussion on various social, developmental and educational topics and has a guest speaker present to the group twice per month! It’s a great opportunity to get together and support each other virtually during this challenging time of physical distancing!

Change the Pain Online Sessions

Tue, September 28, 2021 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Weekly on Tuesday, forever
(July 13, 2021; July 20, 2021; August 17, 2021; August 24, 2021; August 31, 2021; September 7, 2021)

Do you live with chronic pain? This dance-therapy program, hosted by Dance Therapist, Rebecca Barnstaple, provides individuals with a safe and supportive space to share movement and reconnect with their bodies, especially for those living with chronic pain. Participants will explore new movement strategies and accumulate resources for coping with chronic pain. This program emphasizes self-care and focuses on body awareness and movement skills. *Everyone is welcome, no experience is needed!

Chigamik Online Zoom Sessions

Money and Health

Wed, September 29, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us as a Service Canada representative speaks about the various benefits that exist from Service Canada in a relaxed and friendly virtual space. She’ll discuss the benefits related to various life situations such as losing a job, the death of a partner, having a baby, or turning 65, and answer any questions you may have. Join us for this informative event!

*This workshop is being offered in FRENCH.

Chigamik Online Zoom Sessions

Virtual Traditional Healing: Pamela Tremblay-Hayes

Tue, October 12, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
July 13, 2021; July 14, 2021; July 15, 2021; September 14, 2021; September 15, 2021; September 16, 2021; October 12, 2021; October 13, 2021; October 14, 2021; December 14, 2021; December 15, 2021; December 16, 2021

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

To learn more about Pamela Tremblay-Hayes, 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 x7204.

Chigamik Online Zoom Sessions

Heart Healthy Eating

Thu, October 21, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Monthly on 3rd Thursday, forever

This monthly interactive workshop hosted by Chigamik’s registered dietitian, Andrea Gillespie, focuses on lifestyle and dietary changes to help individuals achieve optimal health and wellbeing. Participants will learn how to read food labels and get the facts on fat, cholesterol, fibre and salt. Trends in nutrition including super foods, pulses and nutrition tips for weight management will also be discussed.

Chigamik Online Zoom Sessions

Celebration of the Harvest Moon

Thu, October 21, 2021 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This online circle will celebrate the teachings of the Harvest moon guided by Elder and Traditional Healer, Grandmother Pauline Shirt and her daughter Luana Harper-Shirt. Traditional stories and songs will also be shared and celebrated.

Chigamik Online Zoom Sessions

NIA

Thu, October 28, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Weekly on Thursday for 8 occurrences

Are you looking for an exercise routine that will not only keep you in great shape, but will also help you rediscover the joy of movement? If the term “joyful workout” sounds like fun, it might be time to give NIA a try! The NIA exercise technique is a mind and body physical conditioning program that stands for “non-impact aerobics.” Through the essence of dance, martial and healing arts participants will learn the basic movements of Nia. This class is taught in French by Céleste Lalonde, licensed instructor in the Nia Technique. Beginners are welcome! *Please dress comfortably.

Important: This workshop will be held in FRENCH. 

Chigamik Online Zoom Sessions

Living with Osteoporosis Online Workshop

Mon, November 1, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Weekly on Monday for 4 occurrences

Osteoporosis affects both men and women equally and occurs at any age. It’s often known as the “silent thief” as bone loss occurs without symptoms. In partnership with Osteoporosis Canada, this four-week online learning series will focus on a new topic each week, followed by a short exercise session led by Chigamik’s physiotherapist, Renée Scruton. Exercises are tailored specifically to individuals living with Osteoporosis and can help prevent future challenges brought on by the condition.

Chigamik Online Zoom Sessions

Heart Healthy Eating in French

Thu, November 4, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

This monthly interactive workshop hosted by Chigamik’s registered dietitian, Andrea Gillespie, focuses on lifestyle and dietary changes to help individuals achieve optimal health and wellbeing. Participants will learn how to read food labels and get the facts on fat, cholesterol, fibre and salt. Trends in nutrition including super foods, pulses and nutrition tips for weight management will also be discussed.

Chigamik Online Zoom Sessions

Meditation With the Light With Troy Greene

Thu, November 4, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 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

Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Pain

Wed, November 10, 2021 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Weekly on Wednesday for 6 occurrences

This six-week program is for anyone living with chronic pain including lower back pain, pain from motor vehicle accidents, arthritis, migraines, fibromyalgia etc. Individuals will learn skills that can help them better manage their chronic pain symptoms and improve their quality of life. Family members and/or caregiver are also welcome. 

*This workshop is being offered in French.

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Osteoarthritis Q&A Session

Thu, November 18, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Do you have questions that need answering when it comes to the management of your Osteoarthritis? In partnership with the Arthritis Society, this online workshop will allow participants to lead the discussion in their areas of concern, with a focus on maintenance and staying active over the winter months.

Chigamik Online Zoom Sessions

Sacred Ceremony and the Earth

Thu, November 25, 2021 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join Traditional Practitioner, Brian George, as he explores the relationship between body, mind, spirit and the sacred Earth and how to grow into Sacred Space with our offerings. Participants will explore the Rainbow Bridge together, which nurtures the human spirit and teaches us how to walk our individual path through life. The Four Directions, use of Tobacco and other gifts offered to the Spirit, the meaning of the Circle and the Spiritual Teachings of the seasons will also be discussed.

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Living with Gratitude: A Meditation Journey Through the Medicine Wheel

Wed, December 15, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Métis Healer, Pamela Tremblay-Hayes, in a virtual teaching circle as she shares how she nurtures wisdom, self-care and kindness through honouring the Circle of Life. Participants will journey through the Medicine Wheel with a gratitude meditation and gift offering. *Workshop supplies will be mailed to participants at no cost.

Chigamik Online Zoom Sessions