Self-care and healing

Self-care and healing is essential for those suffering from trauma. Be kind to yourself. The Aboriginal Healing Foundation’s Stages of Healing outlines the 14 stages of an Indigenous healing journey. Print it out and pin it on your wall as a reminder of how far you’ve come and where you’re going on your journey.

Recommended reading for Indigenous healing


When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress

Gabor Maté

ACOA Trauma Syndrome: The Impact of Childhood Pain on Adult Relationships

Tian Dayton

Healing the Soul Wound: Counselling with American Indians and Other Native Peoples

Eduardo Duran

Legacy: Trauma, Story, and Indigenous Healing

Suzanne Methot

Stolen Life: The Journey of a Cree Woman

Rudy Wiebe and Yvonne Johnson


Porcupines and China Dolls

Robert Arthur Alexie


Tracey Lindberg

Community resources

“You are the boss of your own healing.”

- Counsellor Terry Garchinski

If you, or someone you know, has been affected by trauma as a result of Canada’s residential schools, please know that you are seen and supported. The 24-hour National Indian Residential School Crisis Line provides support to former residential school students.

Individuals can call 1.866.925.4419 to access emotional and crisis referral services. For local support, contact Nunee Health at 780.697.3900.

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