At the same time as the history of the Residential Schools was exploding on the front pages of newspapers, two women in Halton were creating something new and unprecedented with the potential to do much to bring about a genuine knowledge of the truth, and a real road towards reconciliation. They are seeking to bring healing to all based on indigenous treatments for, in their words, “healing of the body, mind, soul and spirit while connecting to the land.”

Jody Harbour and Sherry Saevil are the two co-founders of Grandmothers Voice, and the first urban Indigenous Center in Halton, but also a new kind of education and wellness centre where a collective of Indigenous Women are providing programs that emphasize healing based on traditional methods, open to all. This includes a Healing/Medicine garden, a Wellness Centre and a Community garden. But as you’ll hear in our conversation with Jody and Sherry, it seems like Grandmother’s Voice has the potential to grow from its Halton origins into something of national importance.

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