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Sisters in Healing Wellness Retreat 2019

The BC Bereavement Helpline hosted its second Sisters in Healing Retreat September 27-29, 2019 over at the Sts‘ailes Lhawathet Lalem retreat healing centre in Agassiz, B.C.in support of Indigenous women who are family members to one of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

17 First Nations women participants and nine support workers and facilitators joined together for one weekend of healing and strength building.

           

           - Mikhail Crispin

Quotes from Participants:

“Traditional/cultural healing is important to incorporate into programs such as this. We tend to leave out ceremonies when dealing with grief/loss and think Christian prayer is the only way we ask for strength. Restoring our cultural and traditional ways are important to our First Nations way of life.”

          

“To be around other women who carry the same hurt/loss in their lives helps to feel ok with letting tears go.”

 

“Tranquil environment which allowed for healing not only indoors but also outdoors. I am so grateful for the take home crafts.”

 

“This workshop helps us to not feel alone on our journey.”

 

To download a summary of the 2019 Sisters in Healing Wellness Retreat, please click here.

 

BCBH would like to extend its profound gratitude to our partners for their invaluable support. We could not have done it without you.

Indian Residential School Survivors Society

Jessica Delorme 

SFU Centre for Restorative Justice & Brend Morrison

  and Angela George and family

BCBH acknowledges the receipt of civil forfeiture funding from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Community Safety and Crime Prevention Branch.