New Indigenous healing space offers ‘a place where people can talk about their brokenness,’ founder says – CBC

New Indigenous healing space offers ‘a place where people can talk about their brokenness,’ founder says – CBC

by ahnationtalk on November 30, 202118 Views

Nov 30, 2021

‘The need for healing is so big that, what is next? We need a second site,’ says Clarence Cachagee

In a wooded area beside some farmland west of Waterloo, Ont., is Crow Shield Lodge.

It’s an Indigenous land-based education and healing space just outside New Hamburg. There’s a white tent — the teaching lodge — that can seat about 20 people. There’s a walled tent with a fire pit for gatherings. There’s a sweat lodge.

On this particular day, as snow flurries whipped around just on the other side of the trees, Clarence Cachagee led three other people in a smudging. He burned tobacco and sage in a small cast iron pan.

As a child growing up in Chapleau Cree First Nation in northern Ontario, Cachagee’s father called him Crow Shield “before I got my spirit name,” he said.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/crow-shield-lodge-healing-education-waterloo-region-1.6260860

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