Healing Indigenous families – The Mother Bear Wellness Project

The effects of intergenerational trauma and the legacy of residential schools have contributed to the breakdown of the family unit in many Indigenous communities, often resulting in family crisis, dysfunction, and substance abuse.

Recognizing the need for holistic healing that addresses the entire family unit, Bearwoman & Associates, through its non-profit arm, Heart Spirit Healing and Wellness, introduces the Mother Bear Wellness Project.

This innovative project includes a series of healing retreats tailored to meet the mental health needs of Indigenous youth, adults, families, and Elders. The overarching goal is to foster healing at the family level, understanding that a holistic approach is essential for the well-being of each member.

Thanks to a grant from the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund (IRF), Heart Spirit Healing and Wellness will be able to offer multiple trauma, grief & loss, and youth retreats. The funding will cover facilitator fees, room rentals, as well as meal programs, ensuring accessibility for participants.

The Mother Bear Wellness Project will provide a space for families to collectively address trauma and dysfunction within a warm, nurturing, and spiritually guided environment. The program’s focus is to guide participants in integrating past traumatic experiences, empowering them to take responsibility for their actions, and actively participate in creating their best lives.

Bearwoman & Associates was founded by a group of natural healers, teachers, life coaches, youth workers, trauma therapists, counselors, and Elders. With over 30 years of experience in developing and delivering healing and wellness programs to Indigenous communities across Canada, the team is dedicated to spiritually guided healing and empowerment for Indigenous people.

Archdiocese of Edmonton