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Omushkego Ayihtiwin ᐅᒧᓑᑫᑯ ᐊᔨᐦᑎᐧᐃᐣ 
Traditional Healing Program (THP)


Omushkego Ayihtiwin ᐅᒧᓑᑫᑯ ᐊᔨᐦᑎᐧᐃᐣ , the Traditional Healing Program, is committed to promoting, educating and advocating for a healthy lifestyle using cultural and traditional methodologies. To ensure our commitment to our community wellness approach, staff members will travel monthly to communities in the Mushkegowuk region to give presentations and provide services. Communities include: Attawapiskat First Nation, Kashechewan First Nation, Fort Albany First Nation, Moose Cree First Nation, Taykwa Tagamou Nation, Chapleau Cree First Nation, Missanabie Cree First Nation.

Indigenous traditional healing can address several different areas of health. The physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the human being are all interrelated. When full attention is not given to all 4 areas of the medicine wheel, we become unbalanced. This imbalance can lead to physical manifestations of illness. 

Traditional Healers possess the knowledge and experience of how traditional medicines and/or ceremonies can improve physical, mental, or spiritual health, which can aid with physical illnesses. 

These knowledge systems are being applied to support Indigenous communities and Indigenous people to recover from intergenerational pain and suffering endured during the colonization process. 

We offer:

  • Supportive Traditional Practitioners, Healers and Counsellors who provide traditional healing, counselling, cultural events, and spiritual services to the Indigenous peoples within the Mushkegowuk region

  • Promotion of culture, traditional methodology, health, and spiritual maintenance for a healthier lifestyle and to prevent illnesses

  • Advocacy on behalf of Mushkegowuk community members regarding equitable access to traditional healing, cultural, and health services 

  • Traditional ceremonies, teachings and medicines

Cultural Programming:

  • Teachings on traditional medicines 

  • Medicine Wheel Teachings 

  • Access to Healers who offer ceremonies 

  • Referrals to Traditional Counsellors 

  • Full moon ceremonies

  • Talking/sharing circles

  • Women hand drum circles and teachings

  • Hand drum making 

  • Rites of passage ceremonies (placenta, welcome, walking out, snow shoe, first harvest, berry fast)

  • Fasting ceremonies and teachings

  • Ceremony protocol teachings

  • Fasting ceremonies and teachings

  • Ceremony protocol teachings

  • Cedar baths

  • Pipe ceremonies

  • Sunrise ceremonies

  • Funerals (moccasin and pipe ceremony)

  • Rattle making and teachings

  • Sweat lodge ceremonies

  • Eagle whistle making and teachings

  • Traditional belt making

  • Sewing socials

  • Ribbon skirt and shirt making

  • Buffalo headdress making and teachings

  • Cradle board making

  • Life skills and knowledge teachings

  • Mukluk wrap-around making

  • Traditional jacket making

  • Moss bag making

  • Beading circles

  • Traditional vest making

  • Traditional gun case making

  • Traditional mitt making and teachings

  • Grandfather teachings

  • Sacred bundle teachings

  • Crisis Response

Services can be accessed by contacting the Traditional Healing Program Coordinator, Cherilyn Archibald at 705-269-6662 or

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