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July 14, 2023
A group that provides therapy and trains Indigenous counsellors hopes to establish a new trauma healing lodge in the Northwest Territories.
Dene Wellness Warriors, founded by Roy and Jean Erasmus, introduced an Indigenous counselling diploma program to the North three years ago. Indigenous leaders have praised the project for enabling “our own people to heal our people.”
In a press release this week, the group said it wanted to build a facility that would “provide a resource for Indigenous northerners to address the intergenerational traumas arising from Indigenous residential schools and the effects of colonialism.”
“We’re just starting along this road,” Roy Erasmus was quoted as saying.