ABOUT US

Waseskun Healing Center, incorporated in 1988, is a non-profit Aboriginal organization affiliated with Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) and Correctional Service of Quebec (CSQ), whose goal is to facilitate the holistic healing of Aboriginal offenders in order to foster their successful re-entry into their families, communities and nations.

We realize that “healing” is a multi-faceted and complex process and Waseskun’s overall aim is to empower residents to accept responsibility for their own actions and understand the consequences they have created for themselves, their victims, families and communities.

Our Waseya Holistic Healing Program uses a variety of methods aimed at producing changes in negative lifestyle patterns and enhancing residents’ self-esteem and self-concept as an Aboriginal person. This healing process encourages and empowers residents to regain their cultural identity, reconnect with traditional values, learn to lead healthy lifestyles and develop new skills and tools to help them reach their full potential.

Waseskun works closely with the different indigenous communities of Quebec, Ontario, the Maritimes, and other Provinces across Canada, including the Northern regions. We accept private and community referrals as an alternative to the justice system, with support from the justice initiatives in the communities and funding from other sources.

Located in the foothills of the Laurentians in the Lanaudière region of Quebec, Waseskun provides a secluded and natural setting, vital to supporting our residents’ healing journeys. Waseskun employs competent, professional personnel who offer advice, training, support and counselling to the residents.

Waseskun’s holistic healing philosophy

Waseskun uses a holistic approach aimed at producing changes in negative lifestyle patterns, based on a deep sense of cultural and traditional values while providing the tools residents need for developing healthy relationships. We realize that “healing” is a multifaceted and complex process.

Waseskun’s overall aim is to empower residents to accept responsibility for their own actions and understand the consequences they have created for themselves, their victims, families and communities. Our Waseya Holistic Healing Program uses a variety of methods aimed at enhancing residents’ self-esteem and self-concept as an Indigenous person. This healing process encourages and empowers residents to learn to lead healthy lifestyles and develop new skills to help them reach their full potential.

The general objective of Waseskun’s holistic approach is to re-establish healthy connections at all levels using traditional teachings, values, practices and ceremonies. Holistic Healing integrates the four sections of the medicine wheel, which creates greater stability and harmony between the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of one’s life. It empowers residents to regain their cultural identity, and work towards balance, wellness and personal enlightenment.

Waseskun has an Elder and three Helpers who give teachings, perform ceremonies, and guide and support residents on their healing journeys. As well, visiting First Nations and Inuit Elders come to Waseskun to share multi-cultural teachings with the residents and help facilitate their reintegration with their families and communities.