Restoring the Balance

Restoring the Balance is a trauma-informed program founded on traditional Indigenous values, teachings, and ways of healing to provide holistic support. For more on any of these programs and services, please scroll to the bottom of the page to find contact information.

 

Family Violence Prevention

Through Red Road to Healing and Men’s Circle we hope to help families heal from family violence and prevent violence before it happens.

These programs have been developed to educate folks to identify and deal with violent behaviours in a better and safe way. Through recognizing the signs of abuse, stress and anger management, how to make a safety plan for yourself and your loved ones, how to recognize what your feeling and communicate in a good way. As well as what and how to get safe if you find yourself in a bad situation. These things are all done with an Indigenous lens through ceremony and teachings.

Red Road to Healing is recognized by the Federal Department of Justice as a national best practice.

 

Beading

Our beading program takes place every Friday morning from 9:30am to 11:30am and is a drop-in program that’s open to all women. We have all the supplies or you can bring your own. We have a great volunteer to help you out or if you have skills we would love to see them.

 

Drumming

Dancing Spirit Drum Group takes place every Friday afternoon from 2:00pm to 4:00pm and is a drop-in program open to all women. We have a few extra drums and skirts, but encourage you to bring your own. If you know a song we haven’t learnt we would love to be taught. We often participate in city-wide events and the more the merrier. Hope to see you. To book Dancing Spirit for your next event, please contact Jolene at the number below.

 Group of women singing with hand drums in a community garden on a sunny day.

 

Ceremony

We host a full moon ceremony every month with Melvin Moar as our fire keeper. Full moon ceremony is a women’s ceremony. You will need to bring a skirt and food to share at the feast. We will provide the yellow cloth and tobacco for your prayers. But if you have, please bring your own. Please see our calendar of events to find out when the next ceremony will be.

We also plan trips to sweat lodge and occasionally will help with vigils and letting go.

 

Seasonal ceremonies: spring equinox, summer solstice, fall equinox, winter solstice

These ceremonies are a way of obtaining and maintaining harmony with the natural world. For humans to live in health, happiness, and harmony, they must be in tune with the continually changing world around them. These ceremonies typically involve pipe, prayer and feast. Please see our calendar of events to find out when the next ceremony will be.

 

Elder and Knowledge Keeper supports

While we are not counsellors we do have great listening ears and are always honored to pray with our community. And if we can’t help, we can certainly find you someone that can.

 

Access to medicines

We try to make sure we have on hand the four sacred medicines tobacco, sage, cedar, and sweet grass to support our community with their spiritual needs.

 

Medicine picking

In the spring, summer and fall we take trips out on the land for teachings and to pick the medicines for the year.

Four women smiling at the camera sitting on the ground holding sage they just picked. 

 

Truth and Reconciliation

We do our best to hold ourselves and our organization accountable to our TRC commitments and make sure that the community we work with is knowledgeable and practices to the best of their ability to implement the TRC is a good way. Read our latest report back on our TRC commitments for more.

 

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Restoring the Balance stands with and supports the community women and MMIWG families. We do our best to be at all events to show support as well as offer education and knowledge sharing to help keep each other safe and raise awareness. We are committed to implementing the Calls for Justice from the National Inquiry into MMIWG. You can read our statement on the National Inquiry for more.

 

For more information on Restoring the Balance, to access support, medicines or programs please contact:

Jolene Wilson
Restoring the Balance Coordinator / Knowledge Keeper
204 774 8975 ex: 221
communityconnector@wcwrc.ca

Carolyn Moar
Knowledge Keeper
204 774 8975 ex: 220
knowledgekeeper@wcwrc.ca

 

Where we are:

640 Ellice Ave

204-774-8975

info@wcwrc.ca

HOURS

Monday - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Tuesday - 12:30pm to 6:00pm

(4-6pm open to families/male partners)

Wednesday - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Thursday - 12:30pm to 6:00pm

Friday - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Saturday - 9:00am - 12:00pm

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