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Vision Statement

The Enaahtig Healing Lodge and Learning Centre is established to provide opportunities for holistic healing and learning based on the principles of Indigenous culture, to individuals and families in a safe environment in order to foster healthy, balanced communities and nations.



  • To establish and operate a healing and Iearning centre for Indigenous People

  • To promote traditional Indigenous values and beliefs so as to encourage and foster the healing, rebuilding and strengthening of Indigenous communities.

  • To promote the spiritual, emotional, mental and physical well-being of Indigenous individuals, families and communities.

  • To provide programs and activities responding to the social, cultural, educational and language needs of Indigenous communities.

  • To provide opportunities for individuals and families to re-connect with the natural world through land based cultural activities.

Elder Advisory Circle

Faith Pegahmagabow – Wasauksing First Nation

Bruce Elijah – Oneida of the Thames

Jan Longboat – Six Nations of the Grand River

Edna Manitowabi – Wikwemikong

Dr. Ed Connors – Kahnawake First Nation

Kevin Deer – Kahnawake First Nation

Hector Copegog – Beausoleil First Nation

Jean Aquash – Walpole Island First Nation

Norman Aguonie – Sheguiandah First Nation


Enaahtig DVD Excerpt: Teaching on the Lifecycle Wheel

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Board of Directors

Dawn Sillaby Smith - President Lisa Geroux - Vice President Wanda Renton Calvert - Secretary Dave Walker - Treasurer Louise Steinman - Director Anita Chechock - Director Bernice Trudeau - Director Evelyn Aguonia - Director Enaahtig Healing Lodge and Learning Centre 4184 Vasey Road Victoria Harbour, ON L0K 2A0 Tele: (705) 534-3724 Fax: (705) 534-4991

Organizational Structure


We extend our thanks and appreciation for the support of the following funding sources. Department of Justice The law affects nearly every aspect of our lives every day. On the one hand, we have laws to deal with crimes such as robbery or murder and other threats and challenges to society. On the other hand, laws regulate common activities such as driving a car, renting an apartment, getting a job or getting married. Understanding the law, and the ideas and principles behind it, is every Canadian's business. Laws are often thought of as commands, but they are more than that. A law balances individual rights with the obligations that people share as members of society. For example, when a law gives a person a legal right to drive, it may also restrict that right with traffic laws, and make it a duty for her or him to know how to drive. Our legal system functions well when people both understand their legal rights and live up to their legal responsibilities. In fact, the basis of much of our law is common sense. But before we can create new laws or change old ones, we need to understand the basic principles of our legal heritage. Ministry of Attorney General The Ministry of the Attorney General is committed to equal access to justice for all Ontarians. We are working to ensure that people with disabilities can use and benefit from our services and programs equally and free from discrimination in keeping with the following principles: - Respect for the dignity and independence of people with disabilities - Equal opportunity for people with disabilities to access, use, and benefit from our services or programs - Integration of people with disabilities with others, unless alternative ways of providing our service or program are necessary for equal opportunity. Ministry Of Health & Long Term Care The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is working to establish a patient-focused, results-driven, integrated and sustainable publicly funded health system. Its plan for building a sustainable public health care system in Ontario is based on helping people stay healthy, delivering good care when people need it, and protecting the health system for future generations. The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. The Indigenous Healing & Wellness Strategy The ministry promotes healthy Indigenous communities through the Indigenous Healing and Wellness Strategy. The Strategy combines traditional and mainstream programs and services to help improve Indigenous health and reduce family violence. These community-based programs and services are available to Indigenous people living on-reserve and in urban and rural communities. The Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres The Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) is a provincial Indigenous organization representing the collective interests of member Friendship Centres located in towns and cities across the province. Friendship Centres are not-for-profit corporations which are mandated to serve the needs of all Indigenous people regardless of legal definition, and are the primary service delivery agents for Indigenous people requiring culturally-sensitive and culturally-appropriate services in urban communities. The vision of the Friendship Centre movement is to "improve the quality of life for Indigenous people living in an urban environment by supporting self-determined activities which encourage equal access to and participation in Canadian society and which respect Indigenous cultural distinctiveness".


The Enaahtig Healing Lodge and Learning Centre was established in the fall of 1995, with an official opening on January 24, 1997. Enaahtig grew out of a community vision to develop a place where the healing and wellness needs of the Indigenous community could be addressed in a holistic culturally appropriate setting, utilizing a combination of western and Traditional methodology. Through a needs assessment entitled "Towards a Valued Lifestyle" produced by the Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle, 1991, the community vision was developed into one of the Province's first Aboriginal Healing Lodges. Funded through the Indigenous Healing and Wellness Strategy, Enaahtig developed a program model that would not only respond to individual needs, but also address the needs of the family as a whole. In the past ten years of operation, Enaahtig has provided services to hundreds of individuals and families through a combination of residential and day programming. The program model is based upon the seasons and a four quarter cycle. In each cycle there are 13 weeks divided into six, one week long residential programs, as well as six weeks of day programming. In order to complete a residential program, participants are expected to complete several residential weeks. ideally one week in each session. All components of Enaahtig's program are designed. developed and delivered by trained Aboriginal Professionals with input from Enaahtig's Elder's Advisory Circle to ensure appropriate cultural content. A range of activities and healing approaches are utilized to provide services to meet the identified needs of the target group. Some of the methods utilized are; support/healing circles, group therapy. workshop/seminars, life skills training, family and individual counselling, as well as preventative children and youth programs designed to assist in development and nearly interventions. Traditional teaching and healing techniques such as sweat lodges, fasting, vision questing. various ceremonies and hands on teaching approaches are an integral component to Enaahtig's programs and services. One of the fundamental approaches to healing is the utilization of the natural surroundings. The ability to create an atmosphere of seclusion and solitude necessary for self-reflection coupled with the life and living skills afforded in the farm setting combine to create a balanced approached.


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