The healing process is also starting in Chisasibi, where a new Wellness Centre recently opened.

The Centre will offer solace, arts and crafts, community activities, healing circles, talking circles, a safe house for battered women and their children, as well as a centre for individual counselling for survivors of abuse.

The safe house is open to women and children from all nine communities.

“We are now looking for two full-time cousellors, “said Sarah Glisky, Chisasibi Programs Administrator. “Instead of people leaving the community, healing can happen here.”

In the past, people who have left, found no support network or follow-up when they got back. “Things can get worse for them, “ said Glisky. “That’s what we’re trying to avoid.”