HEALING AND RECONCILIATION FOR COMMUNITIES AND FAMILIES

Reviving Indigenous Wisdom on the Path to Mino-Biimaadizwin: The Good Life

Grandmother’s Voice, a trusted Indigenous women-led organization, works to strengthen the lives of Indigenous People through healing, reclaiming identity and rebuilding relationships.

They have been instrumental in supporting Dennis Windego’s mission to apply Indigenous approaches within Western systems to heal systemic trauma. 

Dennis, a Residential School Survivor, social worker and Indigenous Land-Based Psychotherapist, has created a training program to bridge the gap between Indigenous teachings and Western healthcare, education and justice systems.  

With the assistance of IRF’s grant, Grandmother’s Voice and Dennis Windego plan to expand the training program, create educational materials for broader distribution and host events that will make his work accessible to more Indigenous individuals seeking to reconnect with their roots, and non-Indigenous individuals eager to embrace Indigenous ways of knowing.

The vision is a permanent, transformative training facility, ending the program’s reliance on temporary community spaces. This funding will assist Dennis’ efforts to train Indigenous and non-Indigenous practitioners, empowering them to train others in healthcare and frontline roles, particularly in Northern crisis-stricken rural communities, while protecting his knowledge and methods from profit-driven exploitation. 

His proven methods are a revolutionary approach and, through expansion, will drive a profound positive impact, bringing Indigenous approaches to frontline services and reshaping policies, frameworks, and systems to foster healing of trauma across the nation towards Mino-Biimaadizwin — the good life.

To learn more about Grandmother’s Voice and Dennis Windego’s work, visit their website at  https://www.grandmothersvoice.com/dennis-windego.

Diocese of Hamilton