The Grand Opening ceremony for the SECFS Family Healing and Wellness Centre was held on September 4, 2020. The event started with a prayer from Little Grand Rapids First Nation Councillor Clinton Keeper and was followed by a Pipe and Water ceremony. The Thunderbird Song was rendered by Family Wellness Support Worker Marvin Smith. Councillor Keeper provided welcoming remarks and shared stories of the community and territory's history. The SECFS Family Healing and Wellness Centre is located across the lake from the Little Grand Rapids First Nation, along the shores of Family Lake.

The SECFS Family Healing and Wellness Centre is funded by Indigenous Services Canada and will provide a unique 13-day healing program for the Southeast families to strengthen their family relationships and prevent family breakdown. The program also offers forums for reunifying children and youth with their immediate or extended family members to increase the success of their reunification and support the healing of the family unit.

The program focuses on healing the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of the individual and families. The program is rooted in the Anishinaabe ways of knowing and doing, promoting self-awareness and self-empowerment to help families discover their strengths and resiliencies in the spirit of Mino Pimatiziwin.

Staff

  • Director/Manager - Jackie Anderson
  • Site Coordinator - Tammy Hamelin
  • Knowledge Keeper - Stephanie Daniels
  • Knowledge Keeper - Roger Greene
  • Family Wellness Helper - Christine Dumaine
  • Family Wellness Helper - Priscilla Roberts
  • Family Wellness Helper - Alicia Johnston
  • Family Wellness Helper - Yolanda Daniels
  • Family Wellness Helper - Sarah Mowat
  • Youth Activity Helper - Clarissa Bird
  • Youth Activity Helper - Kaitlyn Thordarson
  • Maintenance - Neil Skye
  • Security - Fitz Patrick Owen
  • Security - Jarvis Keeper

The first program session concluded on September 18, and the families received a Certificate of Completion plus a Wellness Package that consisted of cedar water spray, the four medicines (cedar, sage, tobacco and sweetgrass) and an Eagle feather.

The program includes participating in a sweat lodge, letting go ceremony, and cedar baths. Other program sessions include:

  • Creation Story
  • Women's Creation Story
  • 500 Years of Resistance
  • Trauma to Transformation
  • Lateral Violence to Lateral Kindness
  • Grief and Loss
  • Self Esteem through Kinship
  • Spirit of Peace
  • Rights of the Anishinaabe Child
  • Self Care
  • Relationships- Book of Secrets,
  • Zeegwen and Keewatin
  • Teekinagan -Baby's First Sacred Lodge (traditional parenting)
  • Household Management (meal preparation & budgeting)

Next Intake

The next intake will occur immediately upon the easing of restrictions for gathering and travel, and it is deemed safe for the program to resume as there is a waiting list of families wanting to attend the Family Healing and Wellness Centre program.

The FHWC staff are currently providing virtual programming to promote and support the well-being of families and parents.

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