The Aboriginal Healing Program is a highly structured Accredited Leading Practice Indigenous Healing Program which provides a continuous intake process and does not believe in a waiting list for those that are either considering or are ready to begin their healing journeys. We raise awareness through individual/couples/family healing (counselling), group sessions, sharing/healing/talking circles, through the blending of Aboriginal Teachings with mainstream information, to help develop and create realistic goal setting to help provide balance and harmony with the medicine wheel, and to walk with the Seven Grandfather Teachings in order to help and provide options through a mutually agreed upon plan of care for those who want to create a lasting change through individual and spiritual growth. A variety of topics are explored during their time at the program including cultural ceremonies and activities while they are on their healing path.
Aboriginal healing program, Monday - Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.The Aboriginal continuing care circle, Wednesday from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Aboriginal family support circle, Thursday from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Elder Little Brown Bear (Ernest W. Matton, Athehsa Niohkwá:rita:a), program facilitator, believes that being Aboriginal is a way of life, not a life style and the strong cultural foundation of this program provides a stable, safe confidential environment for which community members (clients) can explore current and past unresolved issues that need to be addressed to help them on their healing.
It’s a well-known fact that behaviors such as substance use/misuse/abuse, misplaced anger, Trauma, Mental well-being (health) gambling, eating disorders, unresolved conflicts, unhealthy boundaries/ relationships, loss of language, loss of culture, lack of respectful communications, loss or lack of traditional practices, co-dependency, spiritual, sexual, physical, emotional abuse and other unhealthy ways of life may develop from unresolved issues or from the inter-generational impact as a result of residential/day schools.
If left unresolved or mismanaged, these unhealthy behaviors/issues, can result in continued negative consequences for the individual, family, community and nation. We believe that every person is a good person. More often than not, individuals with diagnosed or undiagnosed issues may experiment with substances such as street or prescription drugs, alcohol, food, gambling or sex in order to cope or to experience freedom from their emotional and/or spiritual pain. This may lead to unhealthy life styles or the development of difficulties with the justice system, school system and family system. Community members may develop signs of depression, anxiety, isolation, self-harm, social problems, relationship difficulties, unresolved anger, low self-esteem, poor life skills, coping strategies and problem solving.
The structured and the consistency in which the teachings are delivered throughout the program helps the community member (client) to address trauma, mental well-being (health), addictions, culture issues, the need to address and practice anger release, building healthy relationships, developing healthy boundaries, grief and loss, (including loss of culture, ceremonies, language), forgiveness, classification of drugs, short/long term effects, deactivation of cravings, coping skills, problem solving strategies and develop a mutually agreed upon plan of care.
In most cases it can also be noted that the community members (client) will often times not have been offered or not received any relevant cultural appropriate healing options towards their healing journey. As a result we will engage in assisting community member’s in completing an intake package to attend a healing lodge provided they would like to take such a path, therefore we would encourage that a more favorable healing (treatment) options will be considered rather than incarceration or further incarceration.
The community member needs to understand the level of commitment that is required in attending The Aboriginal Healing Program on a daily basis to making further changes in their life style and building on a new healthier way of life.
Elder Little Brown Bear’s philosophy is but a simple one:
People don’t care how much you know they want to know how much you care.