Cultural Healing Centre 2017-03-04T18:38:55+00:00

Cultural Healing Centre

Grand Opening Success!

1aThe official grand opening June 18 was a big success!
Below are some pictures of the recent naming ceremony which included 14 children and 1 adult performed by Pine Tree Chief Kanenrahkénia:te (Terry Sahanatien) and Iohate Sahanantien and Lucia Sahanatien. 

Children were given names based on their individual characteristics while others were already given their name by family from birth.
Afterwards we heard author Lee Maracle whose message was about letting go of a painful past and embracing a future with strong cultural values and the importance of family. It was a historical moment for Wahta, thank-you to all who attended and to the staff and Cultural Centre Committee for their dedication.

Cultural Healing Guiding principles

COMMUNITY-HEALTH-AND-CULTURAL-HEALING-Mission-Vision-Guiding-Principles2We are excited to offer the vision statement, mission statement and guiding principles completed above, and encourage any feedback and comments. We look forward to moving forward in a positive direction to promote health and healing within our community.

The Centre will provide a safe,non-discriminatory space available for everyone for self- empowerment and community connection. The Centre will be available to all community members and residents.

Please keep in mind that as we progress over time our vision and mission statements will change to reflect our growth.  You may call Carol Holmes, current Chair of the committee at 705-762-2354 x 233 or email

Seeking Input to Name the Centre

What are your suggestions ?  In the future we will have a sign placed on the property identifying the building and are looking for a name that reflects the purpose and intent of the programming that will occur within the building.  The principles that we

uphold are: compassion, respect, love and caring, words of encouragement, state of peace and inner strength, resulting in a good mind.  Bring your ideas to the grand opening….. We can offer the suggestions and make a decision on that day! (And will have the translation to our Mohawk language).

Teachings from the Longhouse

At a focus group session when we gathered input for programming to be held at the Cultural Healing Centre, the request for traditional teachings was made.

Please see newsletter for ongoing dates:

Creation Story

Origins of Clans

Migration Story

Birth of Peacemaker

The Journey of the Peacemaker

Formation of Great League of Peace

Kariwiio The Good Word

Cultural Healing Centre Information

The Community Health and Cultural Healing Centre Advisory Committee (CHCHAC) members have a two year term, with an annual rotation of 3 committee members. Of the 7 committee members; three members are Wahta Mohawk staff appointed by Senior Administrator, with 2 ex-officio members (Senior Administrators of Wahta Mohawks and Cottage Country Health Team).
The Community Health and Cultural Healing Advisory Committee (CHCHAC) meets the last Monday of every month at 6:00.

The CHCHAC Committee Members:
Christine Cox-Health Services Family Support Worker
Carol Holmes – Education and Cultural Services Coordinator
Colleen Mendes- Aboriginal Healing and Wellness/ Child Welfare Prevention Worker
Lucia Sahanatien- Community
Iohate Sahanatien- Community Mohawk Longhouse Faith Keeper /Youth
Terry Sahanatien- Community Mohawk Longhouse Pine Tree Chief
Grace Sewards- Community Elder

EX-officio Members:
Karen Commandant – Senior Administrator
Shelly Van den Heuvel – Cottage Country Health Team

Committee meetings are open for the community to observe. A period of time may be available for questions or input; a suggestion box is available at the administration office and input can be provided to committee members directly.

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