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Urban Indigenous Foundation of HOPE and PEACE for Wellness

Home of the Earth Walkers

Home of the Earth Walkers.  This wellness center will be the first of its kind.  It will be the First urban Indigenous Center in Halton.  Guided by Grandmother’s Voice and the Earthwalkers, the Urban Indigenous Folx of Halton are called to gather and build the vision of the space together 
 

Halton Urban indigenous Wellness Project in Partnership with Country Heritage Park began in February 2021

CEO Jamie Reaume, of Country Heritage Park understood the lack of identity surrounding Halton Region and area of its Indigenous population – one that is dramatically underserviced and ignored to respect its own culture and ways. At Country Heritage Park, remarkably, there has been a complete absence of any Indigenous presence – despite the fact that the original Ontario Agricultural Museum was established as a crossroads of rural and agriculture established between roughly the years 1820 to 1950. Remarkable in that there is nothing that recognizes the Indigenous way, medicinal, and practices anywhere on the 80-acres of land that sits on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, Neutral, Huron-Wendat and Haudenosaunee.

 

But remembering, during this era of Truth and Reconciliation, is not what the project is about at its core. It is tapping into the old knowledge of Grandmother’s Voice, a collective of Indigenous women who utilize traditional means and methods and led to the creation of an Indigenous-led, woman-led Wellness Centre at Country Heritage Park – which will provide alternative treatments for all, a very inclusive approach, but one that will allow for the healing of the body, mind, and soul and spirit while connecting to the land.

 

Currently the property is preparing 3 Elements for developing from Indigenous-Led programing.  It was important for Jamie to provide not only space for Indigenous people to gather and practice culture, but he was confident that in conclusion of the COVID pandemic, that all people would have access to Indigenous Holistic approach to healing.  This will include a Healing/Medicine Garden, a Wellness Center, and a Community Garden.  All of these will be guided through Grandmother’s Voice and Indigenous Partner Organizations. 

Meet Our EarthWalkers

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Andrea Jones, BA, PMP®, RHFAC Professional

I live and work in Halton. My maternal ancestors are from Mississauga First Nation and my mom was born in Sudbury.  My father's family has early roots in Nelson (Halton Region) and my 4th great-grandfather built the Springer House in 1835 that is still used today. My mom was adopted so we are still learning about our Indigenous heritage and thankful for resources in our community to help with our healing journey. I hope to give back by helping others find resources for anything they need support with.

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Roz Espin - Toronto

I am deeply honored and grateful to have been led to Grandmother’s Voice to support the growth and expansion of - as Grandmother Renee so beautifully expresses it - “The Prophecy of Hope” during these times of profound transformation and change.  My 35+ years of collective experience and study in the areas of Energy Medicine, Ancient Wisdom, Earth Mysteries, and practical spirituality, has allowed me to infuse these timeless principles and ways of knowing into all areas of my life. These teachings have significantly informed my professional journey, which over the past 15 years has primarily been focused on adult program development, training, mentoring and advisory roles in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism.

Additionally, as an ICF Certified Coach specializing in transitional life and personal leadership coaching, I merge practical spirituality, intuitive guidance and navigational tools for life to support others on the path to wholeness by tapping into their own innate wisdom; reconnecting with Mother Earth and the natural world; learning how to move in harmony with the cycles and rhythms of nature to live more conscious, sustainable lives. When we learn to connect with humility, compassion and kindness, take responsibility for our choices and actions, we engage with emotional intelligence and increase our ability to communicate consciously with each other, bringing more mindfulness, beauty and joy into our lives and all those we connect with.

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Jaclyn Priest-Brown

Burlington, covered by the Brant Tract Treaty with Mississaugas of the Credit

I am a non-Indigenous, first generation Canadian settler, who has been called a Kyaseh by my Indigenous friends and I am honoured to be a cousin. I believe there is a need for culture, community, healing and wellness in our world today.  Grandmother’s Voice is helping to reunite Indigenous people with culture and community as well as support healing and wellness moving forward.  For too long Indigenous voices, knowledge, and teachings have been silenced, Grandmother’s Voice shares Indigenous knowledge in support of all people moving forward together in a good way.  I was drawn to Grandmother’s Voice for these reasons, and I look forward to supporting the community as we grow and learn together.

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Monique Craigen

Region / Nation / Roots: Anishinaabe / Metis / Settler roots from Ontario and Manitoba.  Raised in BC and NT.

My WHY to contribute to make this dream a reality:  having lived and worked across Turtle Island while learning my Truth; the cultural connection to community has been my heartbeat.  Working TOGETHER is how we go forward and far.

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Julie Craddock (Anishinaabe Kwe) 

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Brian Kon

Nation: Beausoleil First Nation (lives in Halton Region)

 My Why:  As an off-reserve member living in Halton Region, there has been lack of opportunity to interact with other Indigenous peoples. This space will not only provide everyone a deeper connection to the land, it will be a place where we can connect to each other.  Working together as a community-with a shared vision-has been an amazing experience.  Watching the collaboration between so many individuals committed to sharing their time, energy and knowledge has been humbling.  Indigenous worldview sees the whole person (body, mind, spirit, emotions) and understands the interconnectedness between the land and to each other. This will be a place that will honour that holistic view for generations to come.  

Brian Kon is a leader within the Metis Nation and within the local Indigenous Community. He is the Chair of Niagara Region Métis Council and sits on numerous Indigenous Community Advisory Boards ranging from homelessness through education to the 2022 Canada Summer Games.  Brian is currently the Indigenous Lead for Niagara Catholic District School Board and is a Knowledge Carrier who is helping to re-write the history of the War of 1812 from an Indigenous perspective.

 As a visual artist, Brian’s art pays homage to his Cree/Métis ancestors through his paintings, which have been on display across Canada, including a current piece on extended display in Ontario’s legislature.  Brian uses his art as a platform for telling the story of Métis people, but also to draw attention to important issues that face Indigenous people – Indian Residential Schools; Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, Girls and Gender Diverse People; and, Two Spirited people.

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Raeven Cann Aaniin

I am Anishinaabe & Irish. 

My community is Garden River First Nation.

What community means to me is love, hope and resilience. Community in my heart is so important, currently I reside in Burlington ON, and being able to have the Grandmothers Voice community is amazing. It’s always been so important to me to continue to gain knowledge on healing, MMIWG and Indigenous practice and way of life. 

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Tehahenteh (Franklin Miller)

Tehahenteh (Franklin Miller) is Kanyen’kehà:ka (Mohawk) Turtle Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River territory. His first career was in art and advertising and proprietor of an advertising studio in Toronto, before getting involved with Mohawk Language. In 1992 he went back to university to get his Native Language Diploma for teaching and later his Ontario Teaching certificate.

He has taught Mohawk Language in public school, high school and at Brock, McMaster and Grand River Polytechnic University. He has been involved with Adult Immersion at Six Nations since its inception in 1999, developing curriculum, teaching in class, Master Apprentice, and  advanced level Iroquoian philosophy. Presently he is teaching, Mohawk grammar at Grand River Polytechnic, and performing duties as a Knowledge Holder at Hamilton Wentworth, Dufferin Peel, Niagara Region District School Board and Aboriginal Legal Services in Brantford.

In his spare time, he lectures at universities, conferences, and other public events. He has translated several books to Mohawk, and many stories including transcribing old texts on Creation and Kayaneren’kó:wa commonly known as ‘The Great Law’. Along with that he records and films events of cultural value, translating them and doing voice overs in Mohawk, for those who are studying the language. Some of these efforts may be viewed on YouTube.

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 Chris Hitchcock

 I live in Oakville with my 17-y old daughter and husband. I am a scientist by training, and work with data in ecology and medicine. I am a climate change activist. I am also a fibre artist, and some of my work has involved visualizing data using my fibre art. I am interested in Grandmother's Voice as a way to connect and support indigenous people in my community. I am a Quaker, and that has included a lot of education about indigenous issues, the Doctrine of Discovery, and the need for action to support indigenous healing and activism in Canada. In 2015 I became one of the directors of a small non-profit, Feeding Nunavut, which educates Canadians in the south about northern issues, and works to support Nunavumiut projects. I am a first generation Canadian, born to British immigrants.

AWARDS
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