Elder Pam Heavy Head
One of our newest and most meaningful community partnerships this year has been with Elder Pam Heavy Head. Pam is an Indigenous Elder who has been a leader on several exciting new projects and programs here at Discovery House that are working towards better meeting the needs of the Indigenous women and children in our care.
Personal Guidance with an Elder
Elder Pam has been hosting regular one-on-one meetings with any mother or staff member looking for her guidance on traditional Indigenous pathways of healing.
Raising our Children Together
This 6-week program allows mothers and their children to work with Elder Pam Heavy Head on traditional Indigenous learnings and practices with the goal of building stronger families. The series ran for the first time, from June to July of 2022 and ended with a traditional naming ceremony where each child was given an Indigenous name that spoke to their character and family. We hope to be able to offer the program again next summer.
Cultural Healing Space
The largest project Pam has been a part of to date has been her consultation on our new cultural healing space. This room will be a transformative area that will sit at the very heart of our shelter for families to come together, reflect and heal.
Twice a year, we have the privilege of co-hosting a Tobacco Ceremony for families and staff at Discovery House, with a seed ceremony in the spring and a harvest ceremony in the fall. Elder Clarence Wolfleg has led our tobacco ceremonies for the past several years. These ceremonies are also supported by Piitoayis (Eagle Lodge) Family School, as they participate actively in the seed ceremony and the harvest ceremony. Eagle Lodge processes the tobacco, and once the tobacco is processed, Eagle Lodge then provides us with medicines when needed.