All those interested in Indigenous culture will have the opportunity to learn about the values, spirituality, and holistic approach of the First Nations. This will be done through shared teachings, small group discussions, and ceremonies.
We will also discuss the societal trauma caused by the residential schools system and the impact in communities today.
Out of these learnings, we will look at an effective method of healing that draws on the strength and gifts of First Nations’ teachings.
You will learn about the Native world view through the ‘Four Direction Medicine Wheel Teachings’ encompassing the Mental, Spiritual, Emotional and Mental aspects of health in a holistic approach.
This workshop is for people from all cultural and ethnic traditions.
Please Note: The program costs cover the leaders’ travel, honoraria, accommodations and meals, plus your accommodations, three meals and three snacks per day and a nominal registration fee. We do not agree with exploiting Indigenous culture or knowledge. We do believe that cross cultural experiences can promote much needed right relations between peoples. The Tatamagouche Centre is not making a profit from this program.
Program Cost: $350 (tuition, meals & accommodation)
Local Price: $270 (without overnight)
Please register at least 2 weeks in advance to secure your place in this program.
Lottie Mae Johnson
Lottie Mae Johnson from Eskasoni First Nations is a Traditional Teacher with Journey of Healing, working for NADACA (Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselling Association).
Lottie, a survivor of the Shubenacadie Indian Residential School, was selected to sit as a member on the Indian Residential School Survivor Committee with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on July 15, 2009. She attends meetings with the TRC in the planning of the seven of the Nation Events in Canada to take place over the next few years.
It is Lottie’s hope to help bring about healing through empowering others by her past experiences and teachings. Lottie has done workshops on Native Depression, Dreams, Dream Catcher workshops, Seven Sacred Teachings, Ceremony of Life, Talking Circles 101 and Residential School presentations.
Ishbel Munro, Program Resource Group (PRG) facilitator, has been involved in community development work for over 35 years. She has worked with First Nations, fishermen, women, local development groups and youth, amongst others. Her approach is collaborative – building people’s strengths, self-reliance and hope supporting the development of their own leadership. For 15 years, she was Executive Director of Coastal Communities Network (CCN), a province wide grassroots, non-profit that works to ensure the future of Nova Scotia’s rural and coastal communities. Ishbel is currently the Program Director at Tatamagouche Centre and a member of the Staff Leadership Team that is working to change the Centre from a hierarchal management structure to a collaborative team model.